Business Standard

Baldwin compares Farrow to 'To Kill a Mockingbird' accuser


Press Trust of India Los Angeles
Alec Baldwin has compared Woody Allen accuser Dylan Farrow to "To Kill A Mockingbird" character Mayella Ewell, who falsely accused an African- America man of rape.

In wake of the massive sexual harassment involving Harvey Weinstein, many celebrities have regretted working with Allen, who has been accused of sexual abuse by Dylan Farrow, his adopted daughter with former partner Mia Farrow.

Baldwin, who had expressed support to Allen earlier as well, tweeted, "One of the most effective things Dylan Farrow has in her arsenal is the 'persistence of emotion'. Like Mayella in 'To Kill A Mockingbird', her tears/exhortations are meant to shame you into belief in her story.

"But I need more than that before I destroy someone, regardless of their fame. I need a lot more," he added.

Baldwin, who has collaborated with Allen on three projects, also referred to Moses Farrow, another adopted child by Mia and Allen, who claims the abuse allegations are false.

"To say that Dylan Farrow is telling the truth is to say that Moses Farrow is lying. Which of Mia's kids got the honesty gene and which did not? Baldwin tweeted.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Dylan responded to Baldwin.

"It's interesting that Baldwin chooses to dismiss the judgments of Justice Wilk and Prosecutor Frank Maco, who reviewed all of the evidence instead of just selected bits and pieces," Dylan said.

Dylan accused the director of sexually abusing her in the early 1990s while she was a child.

She reiterated her allegations in a 2014 New York Times op-ed and other articles. She has often criticised Hollywood actors for not taking her claims seriously.

Dylan's allegations have picked up steam in wake of the #MeToo movement following her brother Ronan Farrow's expose of Harvey Weinstein. Ronan is Allen and Mia's biological child.

Disclaimer: No Business Standard Journalist was involved in creation of this content

Don't miss the most important news and views of the day. Get them on our Telegram channel

First Published: Jan 29 2018 | 1:45 PM IST

Explore News