Llast week 30 Rock actor Alec Baldwin spoke in defense of Woody Allen after the HBO premiere of Alan v. Farrow, a four-part documentary about the alleged director sexually harassing his 7-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, on the roof of their Connecticut house on August 4, 1992.
“Who needs courtrooms or the rule of law when we have lawsuits in front of the media?” Baldwin wrote on Twitter, along with an article about the documentary.
Baldwin’s criticism was sent to hundreds of thousands of followers the day after the premiere, so it seems that SNLTrump decided to comment on the entire series after just watching his first episode. Generally, Alan v. Farrow includes not only testimonies from Dylan, Mia and Ronan Farrow, but also interviews with neighbors, family friends, city and government officials, as well as a number of unprecedented documents ̵
Its directors, Kirby Dick and Amy Seering, were more than a little surprised by the “media lawsuit” claim.
“Yeah. How can he say that? He hasn’t seen it all yet,” Seering told The Daily Beast. “I think the media process has happened in the last three decades, Alec. Let’s see who is tried and convicted. He should a) watch the show, and b) look at the role that the media has played in spreading spinning instead of truths, in not verifying the facts, in exorcising someone and condemning them [Mia Farrow] without any proper scrutiny for three decades and then talk to us about a lawsuit from the media. “
The third episode of Alan v. Farrow, which premieres this Sunday night, really focuses on how Alan armed the media against Farrow after Dylan’s accusation against Alan. Immediately after the news that Allen was being investigated by the police, he held a press conference at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, where he announced his love for Farrow’s daughter at Soon-Yi College and accused Farrow of preparing a claim for revenge. “Even though Farrow had brought Dylan to a pediatrician to discuss it, and the pediatrician reported it to the police independently.”
After the press, Allen covered interviews with stories TIME,, Newsweek, and People, and also sat down for an interview with 60 minutes. Mia Farrow says she wanted to keep the issue private because of her children and did not give interviews at the time. Because of her position, Alan’s story seemed to gain ground in the media, and hence in the public eye, casting Farrow as a vengeful woman.
“She chose to protect her family instead of telling the story.”
“Woody’s story was so visible in part because Mia chose not to talk to the media, because she knew that if she did, it would just move the media even more and already have as traumatic an effect on her family as it felt she felt best. “It’s best not to say anything about your family,” Dick explains. “That’s why she chose to protect her family instead of making history.”
“I’d like to raise a point to Alec Baldwin: If you’re watching the show, it’s Woody Allen who came out publicly with the story. It wasn’t Mia, “Seering added. “Woody Allen convened the first press conference. Woody Allen came on the cover of TIME and Newsweek, and agreed with a 60 minutes interview. This is the first time Mia has spoken long on camera about this. “
Then again, Baldwin is not exactly the child on the #MeToo motion poster. As early as 2017, he briefly left Twitter after criticizing one of the alleged victims of Harvey Weinstein’s rape, Rose McGowan, for reaching a financial agreement with him. Baldwin also complained to Megin Kelly that the #MeToo movement was targeting innocent men and joked that he couldn’t even tell if touching his wife, Hilaria Baldwin – who was not Spanish – was “inappropriate” now. (There was also his scandalous appearance in the documentary of his good friend James Tobacco, who was sailing with Roman Polanski on a yacht.)
Another character who enters the battle in Episode 3 of Alan v. Farrow is the director’s longtime lawyer, Elkan Abramovich, who represents Allen during the allegation of abuse and the subsequent child custody trial (another of his previous clients: Harvey Weinstein). Just this week, Abramovich was detained by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo amid an investigation into his alleged cover-up of deaths at the COVID nursing home, as well as three charges of sexual harassment against him, two of his former aides.
When I mentioned the news of Dick and Seering’s Cuomo, they couldn’t help themselves.
“Oh God. I guess he hasn’t seen the show,” Seering suggests. “I don’t think these episodes have been aired yet, so he wouldn’t know – like Elkan.”
“There seems to be a list of common suspects that traffic in such cases,” she added. “They know the game book.”
As for Baldwin, he announced on Wednesday night that he was giving up Twitter again, calling it a place where “all assholes in the United States and beyond go to get their alcohol degrees.”
Daily Beast will hold additional talks with Kirby Dick and Amy Seering immediately after episodes 3 and 4 of Alan v. Farrow.