NY Times Might Publish Woody Allen Response to Allegations

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By Chris O'Shea

Woody Allen wants his say. The 78-year-old actor, screenwriter and director, has contacted the New York Times about penning a response to the powerful op-ed by Dylan Farrow, his adopted daughter. Farrow’s piece, as you probably know, detailed her memories of Allen sexually molesting her when she was seven years old.

The Times’ opinion editor, Andrew Rosenthal, explained today that just because Allen wants a chance to reply to Farrow, doesn’t mean he’ll get it. He told the Times’ public editor that “It comes down to the editing process,” and that “Normally, we don’t publish a direct response.”

Of course that’s a bunch of bullshit. If Allen does indeed send in a reply, the Times is going to publish it. This has been too big of story for the paper. There’s zero chance it ignores a way to keep things going, despite the difficult subject matter.