ACTRESS Drew Barrymore shared her take on the sexual assault allegations surrounding Woody Allen and his adopted daughter.
Dylan Farrow, the legendary director's daughter, has accused her father of sexually abusing her as a child.
What did Drew Barrymore say about working with Woody Allen?
Barrymore has now come forward and said she regrets working with Allen years ago in the 1996 film Everyone Says I Love You.
On May 17, the actress, who entered the talk show arena in 2020, revealed on The Drew Barrymore Show that she was "gaslit" into working with Allen.
"I worked with Woody Allen. I did a film with him in 1996 called ‘Everyone Says I Love You’ and there was no higher career calling card than to work with Woody Allen," Barrymore recalled to Dylan on her show.
Barrymore said she became regretful years later when she became a mother.
"Then I had children, and it changed me because I realized that I was one of the people who was basically gaslit into not looking at a narrative beyond what I was being told.
"And I see what's happening in the industry now and that is because of you making that brave choice. So thank you for that," she added.
Barrymore was referring to Dylan's allegations that Allen molested her as a child.
What did Woody Allen's daughter accuse her father of?
For years, Farrow has claimed her father had sexually abused her as a child, and now an HBO documentary titled Allen v Farrow details the allegations.
Mia Farrow and Allen split in 1992 after she found nude photos of Soon-Yi Previn taken by Allen and realized they were having an affair.
Allen and Soon-Yi, who was aged 20 at the time the affair was uncovered, married in 1997 and are still together despite their 35-year age gap.
Later in 1992, Dylan told a doctor her father had touched her in the attic of Mia's Connecticut mansion. The doctor alerted the police.
Allen has never been charged with any crime and said in a statement that "no credible evidence of molestation was found."
A team of therapists found the sexual abuse did not take place.
But the presiding judge in the custody battle said he found the therapists' evidence inconclusive and felt their report had been "sanitized" and "colored by loyalty to Mr. Allen".
He concluded Allen's behavior towards Dylan was "grossly inappropriate and that measures must be taken to protect her".
A housekeeper working for Mia claims she saw Allen with his head in Dylan’s lap on the day the alleged abuse is said to have taken place.
Another staff member claims she noticed that Dylan was not wearing any underwear on the day she was allegedly molested.
Mia has claimed that Allen was attending therapy to deal with his behavior towards Dylan before the alleged abuse took place.
Dylan recently spoke out about horrific claims that her father shoved her face in a plate of hot spaghetti.
Talking openly in the documentary Allen v Farrow, she claims her dad inflicted a terrible trauma upon her.
Dylan said: “I was always in his clutches. He was always hunting me.”
What has Woody Allen said about the accusations?
In an interview that is airing on Paramount Plus, Allen slammed the allegations as "preposterous".
The interview was conducted by CBS Sunday Morning reporter Lee Cowan in July 2020.
In the interview, Allen, 85, who has never been charged with a crime, has continued to maintain his innocence.
He said: "It’s so preposterous and yet the smear has remained.
"There’s no logic to it. One the face of it I didn’t think it required any investigation.
"And they still prefer to cling to if not the notion that I molested Dylan then the possibility that I molested Dylan
"Nothing that I ever did could be misconstrued as that."
Referring to Dylan and her allegations, Allen said she was a "good kid" and revealed he thought she believed her own claims.
He said: "I do not believe she’s making it up, I don’t think she’s lying. I believe she believes it."
The Oscar-winning actor and director said he wanted to "reach out to talk" to Dylan, who is now 35.
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