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Cate Blanchett drawn into Woody Allen abuse claims

Cate Blanchett and Woody Allen

Cate Blanchett and Woody Allen on the red carpet at the premiere of Blue Jasmine.

In an open letter to The New York Times and published online, Dylan Farrow, who was adopted by Allen during his relationship with actor Mia Farrow, alleged that the movie director sexually assaulted her when she was  seven years old.

Farrow ended her letter by singling out actors who have starred in Allen’s films. “What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?”

Blanchett, the star of Allen’s Blue Jasmine and Oscar-nominee, says she hopes the family can find peace.

“It’s obviously been a long and painful situation for the family and I hope they find some resolution and peace,” she said in a statement.

There is growing speculation that Cate Blanchett’s chance of winning an Oscar for her performance in Blue Jasmine could be jeopardised as a result of the renewed allegations.

The film was nominated for three Oscars – best actress (Cate Blanchett), best supporting actress (Sally Hawkins) and best original screenplay (Allen).

These nominations, as well as the lifetime achievement award bestowed by the Golden Globes last month, reportedly provoked Farrow into resurrecting her claims.

Allen has never been arrested or prosecuted over the decades-old allegation, despite a police investigation.

However, this is the first time Farrow has offered a detailed account of the abuse and the trauma she has suffered since, saying that she was terrified of being touched by men and developed an eating disorder.

Farrow has also lambasted Hollywood which she says made the torment worse by continuing to embrace Allen.

“All but a precious few (my heroes) turned a blind eye,” she wrote.

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