L.A. Times Rejected Dylan Farrow's Letter Detailing Woody Allen's Alleged Abuse
The harrowing and brave letter by Dylan Farrow accusing her father, director Woody Allen, of sexually abusing her as a child could have been published in the L.A. Times, but they passed on it, The Wrap has revealed.
Instead, the letter was posted on columnist Nicholas Kristof's blog on the New York Times' website, becoming a massive story and a lighting rod of opinion.
"We got it, we considered it, we ultimately decided not to use it," said Sue Horton, the L.A. Times' op-ed editor. When an inside source alleged that top editor Davan Maharaj was the one who shot down the letter, Horton denied it, claiming that, "The editor of the paper doesn’t have a say in what goes on the op-ed page."
Since the letter was run in Kristof's blog (who happens to be a friend of Dylan's mother Mia Farrow), it has ignited a firestorm in the entertainment world, casting a long shadow on Allen and rehashing past accusations of sexual abuse against him. The letter has sparked feverish reactions in the media world, with author Stephen King calling the letter "Palpable bitchery" and Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Wolff blasting the letter as nothing more than a publicity stunt for Ronan and Mia Farrow.
It's a curious move by the L.A. Times, considering that it's such a huge and timely issue. Whatever their reasons might have been in passing on the letter, they definitely dropped the ball on this one.
Meanwhile, The New York Times is thinking about publishing Allen's rebuttal to Farrow's letter. We're waiting with bated breath to see where this one goes.
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