He writes an essay defending his sister and shaming reporters for their handling of the allegations.
Well, this has been quite the awkward start to the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. With Woody Allen's new film 'Cafe Society' opening the event and critics praising the movie, his adoptive son Ronan Farrow has used his father's spotlight to slam the media for not taking sexual abuse allegations made by daughter Dylan Farrow seriously.
Ronan Farrow speaks out about woody Allen and the press
Indeed, the scandal has barely been mentioned over the past couple of weeks leading up to Cannes. Mostly because Allen is a very powerful man and no charges were ever brought against him. However, last week, The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Allen in a piece that does mention the allegations, but only as a brief contextual sidenote. Ronan Farrow was not happy with the way the subject was treated, and the inaccurate way it was protrayed (THR said that accusations were 'dropped by police' before changing it to 'not pursued') and so he used the publication to later release an account of his own thoughts on how Allen is being treated in the media.
'I believe my sister', he explained in the piece. 'This was always true as a brother who trusted her, and, even at 5 years old, was troubled by our father's strange behavior around her: climbing into her bed in the middle of the night, forcing her to suck his thumb - behavior that had prompted him to enter into therapy focused on his inappropriate conduct with children prior to the allegations.'
He went on to slam the press for their ignorance of such situations solely on the basis that no charges were ever brought. 'The allegations were never backed by a criminal conviction. This is important. It should always be noted. But it is not an excuse for the press to silence victims, to never interrogate allegations', he continued.
The piece came after he directed a Tweet at THR editor-in-chief Janice Min saying, 'Love you, Janice, but what's next, a Bill Cosby cover?'
Ronan Farrow, who is an NBC News reporter with his own slot on the 'Today' show insisted to CNNMoney that he would continue to speak out about his sister's ordeal. 'We don't always get to speak truth to power as reporters, but I try to grab the opportunities I do get', he said. 'I'm working on a story involving sexual assault survivors right now that I hope will handle these issues correctly. I hope my 'Today' series and whatever else I do in the future can play a part in giving voice to people who need it.'