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Mira Sorvino Pens Apology in Open Letter to Dylan Farrow
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12 Jan 2018 12:36 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Mira Sorvino (Image Source: Manfred Werner (Tsui) via Wikimedia Commons)

Mira Sorvino, herself a victim of Harvey Weinstein, apologized to Dylan Farrow via an open letter for not supporting her in her fight against her father, Woody Allen, and claiming that he'd molested her.

Allen, 82, was first married to Harlene Rosen from 1956 to 1959 and then Louise Lasser from 1966 to 1970. He had other relationships along the way, such as with Diane Keaton and a 12-year relationship with Mia Farrow, and then married Soon-Yi Previn, Farrow's adopted daughter.

Allen and Farrow had a son together, Satchel, who now goes by the name Ronan. He also adopted two of her children, Dylan Farrow and Moses Farrow. Mia Farrow and her ex, André Preven, adopted Soon-Yi together.

While Mia was still with Allen, she found nude photos of Soon-Yi, who at the time was between 19 and 21 years old. Her exact age isn't known, as she was found abandoned in Seoul when she was very young. Allen admitted to taking the photos and having sex with Soon-Yi. Mia and Allen broke up, and Soon-Yi moved in with Allen, later marrying him.

Dylan Farrow said while a young child that Allen had molested her. It could never be proven or corroborated, but as an adult in 2014, she renewed her accusation in an open letter.

An investigative journalist, Ronan Farrow reported on the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct allegations for The New Yorker after NBC, his employer, decided not to air the story.

Mira Sorvino won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for her role in Woody Allen's film Mighty Aphrodite. She has admitted to Weinstein sexually harassing her and believes he blacklisted her from movies because she resisted his advances.

In other words, this is a group that knows sexual allegations, misconduct, harassment, and assault well, even within the same family.

Sorvino's open letter to Dylan Farrow, she apologized "for this being the first time I address you in print, what will be the first of several apologies today. I am writing to express my belief in and support of you."

She admitted that when she was working for Allen, she was a "naive young actress. I swallowed the media's portrayal of your abuse allegations against your father as an outgrowth of a twisted custody battle between Mia Farrow and him and did not look further into the situation, for what I am terribly sorry. For this I also owe an apology to Mia."

She further explained that she and Allen "were friendly though not close, but in no way did he ever overstep his bounds with me; I never personally experienced what has now been described as inappropriate behavior towards young girls." She added that it was no excuse for ignoring Dylan's story.

"It is difficult to sever ties and denounce your heroes, your benefactors, whom you fondly admired and felt a debt of gratitude toward for your entire career's existence," she added.

Sorvino also mentioned that she called Ronan in December sharing her own story about Weinstein. She also told him she wanted to learn more about what happened to Dylan. He showed her details she hadn't known before and now believes Dylan has been "telling the truth all along."

"I send you love and inclusion and admiration for your courage all this time. I believe you!!! I am grateful to you and admire your integrity and bravery, one woman who has had to stand virtually alone all these years speaking her painful truth. You are a true hero, and I stand with you."

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