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Ronan Farrow: Woody Allen Is Like Cosby

Ronan Farrow penned an intense essay for The Hollywood Reporter about his father, Woody Allen, in which he condemns the widespread media acquiescence to the famed director’s massive PR machine. “Every day, colleagues at news organizations forwarded me the emails blasted out by Allen’s powerful publicist, who had years earlier orchestrated a robust publicity campaign to validate my father’s sexual relationship with another one of my siblings,” he wrote. “Reporters on the receiving end of this kind of PR blitz have to wonder if deviating from the talking points might jeopardize their access to all the other A-list clients.” Farrow compared the situation to that of Bill Cosby, noting how his media colleagues seemed reluctant to believe the comedian’s sole accuser at first, only later taking on the story after a deluge of accusers appeared. When sister Dylan decided to speak out, Farrow wrote, The New York Times only published her account with caveats, then gave double the space to Allen to clear his name.