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Dylan Farrow on Woody Allen Allegations Backlash

Woody Allen and Dylan Farrow at Mia Farrow's apartment in New York City on May 2, 1989
Woody Allen and Dylan Farrow at Mia Farrow's apartment in New York City on May 2, 1989 Ron Galella—WireImage

Dylan Farrow responds to her brother Moses' accusation that she and their mother Mia are lying about Woody Allen molesting Dylan as a child

The Farrow-Allen family feud rages on as the children take sides in the ongoing debate over whether Woody Allen sexually abused Dylan Farrow as a child.

Dylan Farrow opened up to People on Thursday about the backlash she’s experienced since claiming her adoptive father, Woody Allen, sexually abused her. Dylan Farrow spoke out publicly for the first time in an open letter published in the New York Times on Feb. 1 about the sexual-abuse allegations her mother Mia Farrow made against Allen in 1993.

“It took all of my strength and all of my emotional fortitude to do what I did this week in the hope that it would put the truth out there,” Dylan Farrow, 28, told People. “I don’t have money or publicists or limos or fancy apartments in Manhattan. All I have is the truth and that is all I put out there.”

Dylan Farrow’s brother Moses Farrow responded to the letter earlier this week by saying his sister was never abused and that Mia Farrow, not Woody Allen, hurt the children. “My mother drummed it into me to hate my father for tearing apart the family and sexually molesting my sister,” Moses Farrow, 36, told People. “And I hated him for her for years. I see now that this was a vengeful way to pay him back for falling in love with Soon-Yi.”

“Of course Woody did not molest my sister,” he added.

“My brother has broken my heart,” Dylan Farrow told People after learning what her brother had said. “Moses divorced himself from the family a long time ago. I always missed him. I loved him and I kept him in my thoughts. These lies — this betrayal — is unfathomable to me coming from a brother I loved and cherished and grew up with.”

Other critics have accused Dylan Farrow of writing the Times letter to support her mother, who made headlines in October when a Vanity Fair story revisited her claims that Allen sexually abused their daughter 20 years earlier and revealed that her son with Allen, Ronan Farrow, might be Frank Sinatra’s biological child. Both Ronan and Mia Farrow have criticized Allen on social media. Some writers have also accused Dylan Farrow of strategically attacking Allen during awards season to sabotage the odds of his latest film, Blue Jasmine.

Dylan Farrow explained that she decided to write the letter after Allen won the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes. Her only intention in writing the letter, she said, was “to put the truth on paper from a voice that was not able to speak before.”

“People are saying that I am not actually remembering what I remember,” she said in the interview. “People are saying that my ‘evil mother’ brainwashed me because they refuse to believe that my sick, evil father would ever molest me, because we live in this society where victim blaming and inexcusable behavior — this taboo against shaming the famous at the expense of their victims — is accepted and excused.”

Allen, 78, denies that he ever molested Dylan Farrow and has reportedly requested that the Times publish a response he has written to the accusations. The director maintained during criminal investigations and custody battles for the children in 1992 and 1993 that Mia Farrow had coached Dylan Farrow to tell investigators a made-up story about the abuse. Allen was never charged.

[People]

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There Was a Mini-Mean Girls Reunion Last Night

And Damian is looking good!

Cady and Damian — sorry, Lindsay Lohan and former co-star Daniel Franzese — shared a post-Mean Girls reunion on Instagram Wednesday.

“Classic NYC moment after an amazing dinner at #BodegaNegra,” Franzese wrote on his Tumblr, implying that the two ran into one another rather than planning the meet. Janis (Lizzy Caplan) was nowhere to be seen, probably because there were girls in their bathing suits somewhere nearby.

According to the Daily Mail, “The Mean Girls stars are turned toward each other in a close pose, suggestive of a good friendship.” Or, you know, a working knowledge of proper selfie etiquette.

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Middle School Teacher Suspended for Assigning Lil Wayne Lyrics as Homework

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Guess they should stick to analyzing The Great Gatsby

A Florida teacher has been suspended for three days after assigning students Lil Wayne lyrics to analyze for homework, UPI reports via CBS Tampa and WPTV.

An eighth grade English teacher at the Charter School of Boynton Beach asked students to read “6 Foot 7 Foot” from the rapper’s 2011 album Tha Carter IV. Parents were reportedly outraged, and one argued to WPTV that the song is too explicit for tweens. You can read some of the lyrics here.

In a statement to WPTV, school principal Wayne Owens said the assignment “did not meet school standards” and was a failed attempt to pick material that her pupils may be able to relate to: “The lesson was for students to learn to identify literary devices. The teacher had already introduced Edgar Allen Poe and Shakespeare. Students were having difficulty grasping the concepts of literary devices such as: pun, simile, metaphor, so the teacher used colloquial material.”

Sorry, middle schoolers: you will have to wait until college to study rappers in class.

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Paul Walker Leaves $25 Million to His 15-Year-Old Daughter

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The late Fast and Furious star Paul Walker has left his $25 million estate to his 15-year-old daughter Meadow — but he’s also left behind some complications. Walker’s dad, Paul Walker Sr., was named the will’s executor and is petitioning to have Meadow’s grandmother, Cheryl Walker, named as the girl’s legal guardian, in accordance with Walker’s request.

Walker was known to have a close relationship with his daughter, who moved to California to live with him just months before his death. The late actor had a tattoo of Meadow’s name on his wrist; director Eric Heisserer of Hours, Walker’s final film, noted he chose not to cover up the tattoo during production.

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Selena Gomez Secretly Went to Rehab for Two Weeks

Actress/singer Selena Gomez arrives at the premiere of "Getaway" at the Regency Village Theater on Aug. 26, 2013 in Los Angeles.
Actress/singer Selena Gomez arrives at the premiere of "Getaway" at the Regency Village Theater on Aug. 26, 2013 in Los Angeles. Jordan Strauss—Invision/AP

But not for substance abuse

Actress and singer Selena Gomez secretly checked into an Arizona rehab facility for the first two weeks of January after canceling the Australian leg of her tour.

“Selena voluntarily spent time at Meadows but not for substance abuse,” Gomez’s rep told People. But RadarOnline, who first reported the story, alleges that the Spring Break star’s hard-partying habits had friends and family worried.

Gomez, 21, canceled part of her Stars Dance concert in December, stating: “It has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be.”

Gomez’s on-again-off-again boyfriend Justin Bieber has recently made headlines for a series of run-ins with police, including a DUI.

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Late-Night Highlight: Mariska Hargitay’s Awkward Fan Encounter

Moral of the story: you never know who you're talking to

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When a Law & Order SVU viewer sat down at a restaurant a few weeks ago, she saw a woman who resembled Detective Olivia Benson. The diner didn’t hesitate to remark to the woman that she looked a lot like the actress who played her, but a much younger and prettier version.

What she didn’t realize, of course, was that she was talking to actress Mariska Hargitay herself. Luckily, Hargitay wasn’t completely offended, and even paid for the woman’s tab on her way out. Watch Hargitay recount the story to Chelsea Handler on last night’s episode of Chelsea Lately.

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4 Arrested In Link To Philip Seymour Hoffman Drugs

An investigation into the drug supply chain following the Oscar-winning actor's death led to four suspects taken into custody

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Just two days after Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead with a syringe in his arm, New York City police arrested four people thought to be connected to drugs found in the late actor’s apartment.

Three men and one woman were taken into custody on Tuesday night after a raid of three apartments in a Lower Manhattan building turned up more than 350 bags of heroin. An unnamed law enforcement official told the New York Times that investigators were led to the building during their investigation of Hoffman’s death.

Best known for his roles in Capote (for which he won a best actor Oscar), Boogie Nights, Almost Famous, The Master and Doubt, Hoffman had openly admitted to struggling with addiction in the past, even attending rehab for a short stint last year. On Sunday, his body was found in the bathroom of his West Village apartment, about a mile away from the building where Tuesday’s arrests took place.

Police reportedly found dozens of bags of heroin near Hoffman’s body, some marked with an ace of spades or an ace of hearts. The New York Daily News reports that none of the heroin bags found in the Tuesday night raid were stamped with such logos.

A definite cause of death for Hoffman hasn’t been determined yet, and police say they will continue to investigate.

[New York Times]

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Queen Elizabeth Tells Kate Middleton to Wear Longer Skirts: Report

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The Duchess of Cambridge's sexy legs are kicking up some drama at Buckingham Palace

Kate Middleton’s grandmother-in-law is demanding lower hemlines. According to Britain’s Mail on Sunday, Queen Elizabeth II asked Kate Middleton to ditch the short skirts in favor of more conservative outfits.

Middleton will “deploy a couture wardrobe of day dresses with lower hemlines than she has previously favoured” on an upcoming trip to Australia, the Mail reports. The queen has even lent her the services of her most trusted staff members to dress the Duchess in a less provocative manner.

Fans of the fashionable Pippa Middleton, rest assured, Her Majesty likely has little say over the sartorial decisions of Kate’s sis.

[The Mail on Sunday]

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Stop The Internet! Benedict Cumberbatch Stopped By Sesame Street

'Sherlock' starts with "S'

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When Benedict Cumberbatch was asked to stop by Sesame Street, the star of PBS’ Sherlock probably had no idea that those adorable Muppets were setting up a face-off between Sherlock Holmes and his mortal enemy, Moriarty.

In the latest clip from Sesame Street, the Sherlock star is forced into a confrontation with Moriarty’s Muppet alter-ego Murray-arty, who challenges Cumberbatch to solve a tricky mystery that requires comparing apples and oranges.

The conundrum must be a real brain teaser because Cumberbatch has no choice but to spoil the illusion that he is Sherlock Holmes and is forced to call in back up. Luckily Sesame Street‘s very own Count is able to come and save the day. Find out if the combined brainpower of these two masterminds can crack the case by watching the Internet’s new favorite video.

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