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Woody Allen’s Day Of Reckoning

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The #MeToo movement has created an enormous amount of dialogue regarding sexual harassment and rape culture. A number of powerful figures representative of these endemic behaviors have fallen, from Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer to Garrison Keillor.

Others, however, have somehow managed to skate by unaffected (here’s looking at you, Donald Trump).

Another notable individual whose career has continued unabated despite harrowing accusations is Woody Allen. While the director has continued to release a film each year, his day of reckoning may be coming soon.

Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow has long maintained that he sexually abused her, charges she reaffirmed in an interview this week on CBS:

I was taken to a small attic crawl space in my mother’s country house in Connecticut by my father. He instructed me to lay down on my stomach and play with my brother’s toy train that was set up. And he sat behind me in the doorway, and as I played with the toy train, I was sexually assaulted… As a 7-year-old I would say, I would have said he touched my private parts.

While Allen continues to deny the allegations, Hollywood’s is starting to change its tune. A number of actors who have worked with Allen have announced that they would no longer do so. Colin Firth – who starred in Allen’s 2013 film “Magic in the Moonlight” – recently told The Guardian that he too would refrain from collaborating with Allen in the future.

In this social climate, power and prestige may not be enough to save Allen any longer.

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