On Margaret Sullivan‘s New York Times blog today the paper’s ombudsman writes that Woody Allen has requested Op-Ed space in the paper, ostensibly to respond to a recent piece, also in the Times, in which Dylan Farrow detailed her memories of sexual abuse at the hands of her former stepfather.
In the paper, Sullivan writes that Andrew Rosenthal, the Times‘ editorial page editor, has asked Allen to submit something for editing. “They asked and we said, ‘Yes, send it in,’” Rosenthal told Sullivan. “It comes down to the editing process.”
It’s difficult to imagine a world in which the Times would say no to a piece by Allen, the first time he’d be publicly addressing the accusations since Farrow first made them in 1993. While it may indeed come down to the editing process, Woody Allen has three Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay, so it’s clear that he knows how to write.
When, if at all, the piece will be published remains unclear.