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Acclaimed filmmaker or alleged child molester: How will Hollywood and history remember Woody Allen?




Director Woody Allen speaks onstage during American Film Institute's 45th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton at Dolby Theatre on June 8, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
Director Woody Allen speaks onstage during American Film Institute's 45th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton at Dolby Theatre on June 8, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
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He’s won Academy Awards, written plays, directed seminal films and been deemed among the best stand-up comics of all time, but there’s a lingering dark side to Woody Allen’s Hollywood history: allegations that he sexually assaulted his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.

Farrow states that Allen molested her in the attic of their Connecticut home in 1992 when she was 7 years old. He was never charged with a crime and has continually denied having ever abused her.

In 2014, Farrow published an open letter in the New York Times detailing the allegations, and recently wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times asking why the #MeToo movement had “spared” her father. This past Thursday marked her first TV interview about the alleged incident and how it has impacted her life.

A number of actors who have worked with Allen are speaking out after the allegations against him have entered the public arena once again. Most recently, “Call Me By Your Name” and “Lady Bird” star Timothée Chalamet said he’d donate his salary from working on Allen’s movie “A Rainy Day in New York” to three charities that support victims of sexual violence. In contrast to Chalamet, Alec Baldwin has taken to Allen’s defense, arguing that the public “renunciation” of him is “unfair and sad,” considering that no charges were filed.

After years of these allegations floating around, why do you think actors are choosing to distance themselves from Allen only recently? Have these accusations against Woody Allen impacted your view of him? And how do you think history will remember him?

Let us know what you think at 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Lael Loewenstein, KPCC film critic

Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC, Alt-Film Guide and CineGods.com; he tweets @CinemaInMind