Exclusive: Mira Sorvino's open letter to Dylan Farrow

Dear Dylan,

Hello. I apologize 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.

I confess that at the time I worked for Woody Allen I 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 which I am terribly sorry. For this I also owe an apology to Mia.

What I have to say next is not a justification, simply a description of my background with Woody at that time and since. As an adolescent, I cherished my copy of his book “Without Feathers.” I played the Diane Keaton role in a high school production of “Play It Again, Sam” and had grown up, like so many in my generation, in awe of his films. As a young actress I landed the dream role of Linda Ash in "Mighty Aphrodite," and the artistic license he allowed me to create the character was thrilling. We 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 toward young girls.  But this does not excuse my turning a blind eye to your story simply because I wanted desperately for it not to be so.

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. To decide, although they may be fantastically talented and helped you enormously, that you believe they have done things for which there can be no excuse. But that is where we stand today.

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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - OCTOBER 10: Actress Mira Sorvino attends Hallmark's 'Home & Family' at Universal Studios Hollywood on October 10, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
ISCHIA, ITALY - JULY 12: Antonio Banderas and Mira Sorvino attend 2017 Ischia Global Film & Music Fest on July 12, 2017 in Ischia, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
ISCHIA, ITALY - JULY 11: Christopher Backus and Mira Sorvino attend 2017 Ischia Global Film & Music Fest on July 11, 2017 in Ischia, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
ISCHIA, ITALY - JULY 11: Mira Sorvino attends 2017 Ischia Global Film & Music Fest on July 11, 2017 in Ischia, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
ISCHIA, ITALY - JULY 09: Mira Sorvino attends 2017 Ischia Global Film & Music Fest on July 9, 2017 in Ischia, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
ISCHIA, ITALY - JULY 09: Mira Sorvino and Christopher Backus attend 2017 Ischia Global Film & Music Fest on July 9, 2017 in Ischia, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 06: Mira Sorvino attends the 143rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 6, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: Mira Sorvino attends the Unbridled Eve Gala for the 143rd Kentucky Derby at the Galt House Hotel & Suites on May 5, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Unbridled Eve)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Actors Christopher Backus (L) and Mira Sorvino attend the Cadillac Oscar Week Celebration at Chateau Marmont on February 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Cadillac)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Christopher Backus (L) and Mira Sorvino attend the 12th Edition of The Los Angeles Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on February 19, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 25: Mira Sorvino attends Cinespia's screening of 'Romy and Michele's High School Reunion' held at the Palace Theatre on March 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kelly Lee Barrett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains nudity.) Actress Mira Sorvino is seen during AnaOno Intimates X #Cancerland at New York Fashion Week Art Hearts Fashion NYFW FW/17 at The Angel Orensanz Foundation on February 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts Fashion)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 26: Mira Sorvino attends PSLA partners with Carolina Herrera for Winter Gala on January 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for PSLA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Mira Sorvino attends the 2017 Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes after party on January 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Actress Mira Sorvino attends the opening night of Cirque du Soleil's 'Toruk The First Flight' at The Staples Center on November 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 01: Actress Mira Sorvino attends the Saving Innocence's 5th Annual Gala at Loews Hollywood Hotel on October 1, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 27: Actress Mira Sorvino visits Hollywood Today Live at W Hollywood on July 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 14: Mira Sorvino attends the 10th anniversary celebration of 'The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil' at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on July 14, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by JB Lacroix/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 14: Christopher Backus and Mira Sorvino attend the 10th anniversary celebration of 'The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil' at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on July 14, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by JB Lacroix/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: Actress Mira Sorvino attends the 2016 Nomi Network Journey To Freedom Gala at The Angel Orensanz Foundation on June 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Christopher Backus and Mira Sorvino arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of Showtime's 'Roadies' held at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Actress Mira Sorvino attends the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
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In December I called your brother Ronan, sharing about the aftermath of my and other women’s coming forward about Harvey Weinstein. How it had been a sometimes empowering, sometimes bitter and heartbreaking experience, as more and more details came out of hidden damage this man had done me. Of how I felt somehow more vulnerable and triggered (though certainly grateful) when millions of people showed me their support online, as though now my life had been reduced to one victimization... I told him I wanted to learn more about you and your situation. He pointed me toward publicly available details of the case I had ruefully never known of, which made me begin to feel the evidence strongly supported your story. That you have been telling the truth all along.

I am so sorry, Dylan! I cannot begin to imagine how you have felt, all these years as you watched someone you called out as having hurt you as a child, a vulnerable little girl in his care, be lauded again and again, including by me and countless others in Hollywood who praised him and ignored you. As a mother and a woman, this breaks my heart for you. I am so, so sorry!

We are in a day and age when everything must be re-examined. This kind of abuse cannot be allowed to continue. If this means tearing down all the old gods, so be it. The cognitive dissonance, the denial and cowardice that spare us painful truths and prevent us from acting in defense of innocent victims while allowing “beloved” individuals to continue their heinous behavior must be jettisoned from the bottom of our souls. Even if you love someone, if you learn they may have committed these despicable acts, they must be exposed and condemned, and this exposure must have consequences. I will never work with him again.

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Dylan Farrow and Mia Farrow attend the 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Time Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Mia Farrow (L) and Dylan Farrow attend 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World red carpet at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Times Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
Mia Farrow and daughter Dylan Farrow arrive at the Shubert Theatre on W. 44th St. for the opening night performance of the musical revival 'Gypsy.'(Photo By: Richard Corkery/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 1: Mia Farrow (R) and daughter Dylan Farrow (L) arrive at the Opening Night of 'Gypsy' on Broadway at The Shubert Theatre on May 1, 2003 in New York City. (Photo By Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
Actor/director Woody Allen (2R) and actress Mia Farrow (C, holding her daughter Dylan) w. her children (L-R) Soon Yi, Fletcher, and Misha. (Photo by Ann Clifford/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actor/director Woody Allen (L) w. Dylan Farrow (2L) and her mother, actress Mia Farrow (R), and Allen and Farrow's son Satchel (2R). (Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actress Mia Farrow (holding son Satchel) and daughter Dylan. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - : Mia Farrow, Woody Allen, and their children Dylan and Satchel, 13th January 1988. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Woody Allen and daughter Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actor/director Woody Allen (R) w. actress Mia Farrow (holding their son Satchel), and Farrow's daughter Dylan (2R). (Photo by David Mcgough/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Woody Allen and Mia Farrow discuss scene before she takes Dylan Farrow and Satchel to the wings. Woody directed shots from the other side of the Abingdon Square Park fence. (Photo By: Richard Corkery/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
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I am sorry it has taken me a few weeks to come out in support of you since that conversation, but it has been a process for me to own this truth and make this irrevocable break.

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.

In gratitude and solidarity,

Mira Sorvino

UPDATE: Dylan Farrow has since responded to Sorvino's letter with a tweet on Thursday morning in which she declared that she was "overwhelmed" by the "beautiful" letter.

Sorvino is an actress, activist and mother. She has been a Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime since 2009. 

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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