Saturday, July 13, 2024

Mia Farrow Uses Close Pal Journalist in Woody Allen War: Writer of Latest Piece is Close Friend


Mia Farrow has thrown another grenade at Woody Allen. She’s gotten daughter Dylan to accuse Woody of sexual abuse in a blog in the New York Times. It’s not in the main paper. It’s in Nicholas Kristof’s personal blog. And what Kristof says as “full disclosure” is that he’s a friend of Mia Farrow. it’s not in his preface to Dylan’s open letter, which everyone is now reading. That’s how Kristof puts it in his Op Ed piece that accompanies the blog revelation.

But Kristof and Farrow aren’t just ‘friends.’ They are close friends. Romantic? I’m not suggesting that. They travel together, Kristof writes about Farrow often, he Tweets and re-Tweets her. They are too close for him to be delivering Dylan’s accusations. There isn’t a chance that Kristof hasn’t heard complaints about Woody Allen from Mia Farrow non stop for the last five or six years. At least. Read this column from Kristof about Farrow from 2008

The Mia Farrow Kristof writes about is Gandhi, Mandela, and Mother Theresa all rolled into one.

Here’s a picture of Kristof and Farrow with friends at an awards show.

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It’s not that I don’t believe Dylan Farrow, or sympathize with her pain. I don’t know what’s true and what isn’t. What I do know is that Mia Farrow has very carefully conducted a campaign against Woody Allen since she realized “Blue Jasmine” would do well at the box office and get Oscar nominations. She went nuts when the Golden Globes decided to honor him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The campaign has been well calculated. It involved suggesting that her son Ronan might be Frank Sinatra’s kid, and not Woody’s. It’s not possible, of course. But the suggestion set off a firestorm. And now Ronan, with no background in broadcasting, has gotten a daily show on MSNBC beginning later this month. Kris Kardashian Jenner has nothing on Mia Farrow.

During the Golden Globes show, Ronan attacked Woody on Twitter, the electronic neighborhood graffiti wall. He claimed that Woody had molested Dylan when she was 7. He was largely rebuffed by the Twitter audience. Then Cate Blanchett really thanked Woody on TV when she won the SAG Award for Best Actress in “Blue Jasmine.” That must have sent Mia over the edge.

The result is Dylan’s painful “open letter” in Kristof’s blog this afternoon. She supplied a picture, too. The letter is pointed at Blanchett– what if this were your child? Mia has turned Woody into Zelig after his fall from grace. She learned a lot from that movie. Once a celebrity is accused of something, it won’t go away. And with the internet, it’s even worse.

Choosing Kristof for the ‘hit’ was a bad idea. He is not at all objective. He’s Mia’s pawn in this endless chess game. If she and Dylan were serious, they would have gone to someone totally impartial, someone they didn’t know.Farrow and Kristof have traveled together to the Sudan, they’ve appeared together often, there are numerous accounts of them together that can be found easily.

If the Farrows had been serious, they could have filed a police report, or a lawsuit. But they chose a quick ambush, a sucker punch, a swift attack during Oscar season. If Dylan is telling the 100 percent truth, she could have told it last fall, or next spring, or three years ago, or during the release of a Woody film that didn’t matter so much, like “To Rome with Love.”

It’s too bad because Dylan’s pain and Ronan’s Tweets are all lost in Mia’s obvious manipulations.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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