- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hollywood’s continued embrace of Woody Allen is not only morally indefensible but downright “dangerous” to victims of sexual abuse, the director’s son Ronan Farrow wrote in a guest column published online at The Hollywood Reporter’s website today.

Farrow’s sister Dylan, you may recall, alleges that the famed director sexually abused her as a young girl.

As the Cannes Film Festival gets underway and Allen perks up for interviews with the cast of his new film “Cafe Society,” you can be sure the “press won’t ask them the tough questions” because in their minds, “It’s not the time, it’s not the place, it’s just not done.”

This sort of silence, “sends a message to victims that it’s not worth the anguish of coming forward,” the NBC News correspondent argued. “It sends a message about who we are as a society, what we’ll overlook, who we’ll ignore, who matters and who doesn’t.”

While he praises the progress made by some media outlets in asking tough questions, particularly in light of the deluge of allegations against comedian Bill Cosby, Farrow sees a lot of work to be done by professional journalists to overcome their fear of alienating their sources and shutting off the sort of cozy, exclusive access that is coveted in the industry:

‘Confronting a subject with allegations from women or children, not backed by a simple, dispositive legal ruling is hard. It means having those tough newsroom conversations, making the case for burning bridges with powerful public figures. It means going up against angry fans and angry publicists.’

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