Blanchett, Baldwin React to Dylan Farrow Accusations

As Woody Allen's camp shifts focus to Mia Farrow
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2014 9:40 AM CST
Blanchett, Baldwin React to Dylan Farrow Accusations
This publicity image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows, actress Cate Blanchett, left, director Woody Allen, center, and Alec Baldwin on the set of "Blue Jasmine."   (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Classics)

In her letter detailing sexual abuse she says she suffered at the hands of adopted father Woody Allen, Dylan Farrow called out several celebrities for continuing to work with the director. One line: "What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin?" Two of those celebrities have responded:

  • "It's obviously been a long and painful situation for the family, and I hope they find some resolution and peace," Blanchett told reporters, according to the Guardian.

  • Baldwin, not surprisingly, was less measured in his response. Asked on Twitter if he owes Farrow an apology, Baldwin reportedly replied, "What the f&@% is wrong w u that u think we all need to b commenting on this family's personal struggle?" and then, "You are mistaken if you think there is a place for me, or any outsider, in this family's issue." Both tweets have since been deleted, Vulture reports.
As for Allen, he and his camp appear to be placing the blame squarely on Dylan's mother, Mia Farrow:
  • "It is tragic that after 20 years a story engineered by a vengeful lover resurfaces even though it was fully vetted and rejected by independent authorities," Allen's attorney tells NBC News. "The one to blame for Dylan's distress is neither Dylan nor Woody Allen."
  • In addition to saying Allen finds the allegations "untrue and disgraceful," Allen's publicist says, according to CNN, "At the time, a thorough investigation was conducted by court appointed independent experts. The experts concluded there was no credible evidence of molestation; that Dylan Farrow had an inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality; and that Dylan Farrow had likely been coached by her mother Mia Farrow."
  • And Stacey Nelkin, who dated Allen in 1977 when she was 17 and he was 42, tells the New York Post she was contacted by Mia Farrow years ago. "She wanted me to agree to say that I was 15 years old [when they started dating], which I was not," Nelkin says, calling the attacks against Allen a "well-orchestrated smear campaign."
(Read more Woody Allen stories.)

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