Lena Dunham has said that while she is “decidedly pro-Dylan Farrow” following her allegations of sexual abuse against Woody Allen, she refuses to look at his work in a different way because of it.
Speaking to the WTF Podcast, she explained:
“For me, when people go through his work and comb through it for references to child molestation, that’s not the f*cking point.
“I’m not gonna indict the work. I think that you can decide that you don’t want to support the work of somebody who has molested a child. That’s a completely appropriate choice. But going through it and saying, ‘Look, he’s told us in 57 ways that he rapes kids’ — that’s not the thing.”
“The thing is to look at the actual evidence that exists in the world, which I think strongly suggests that Woody Allen is in the wrong. But for me, the point is not to go through his one-act plays looking for references to child molestation. Because I’m not comfortable living in a world where art is part of how we convict people of crimes.
“Looking at art and trying to basically decide who we can and who we can’t support, it’s dangerous… People who really believe Woody Allen is guilty have not felt comfortable saying that because they’re so afraid to lose their connection to his work. And the thing is, I feel like people need to understand that you can hold two positions in your mind.
“You can know that someone’s made work that’s meaningful to you and also know that they have most likely molested their daughter.”
Allen, however, has maintained that he is completely innocent of Farrow’s accusations against him.