Woody Allen Responds To Renewed Sex Abuse Allegations From Adopted Daughter
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Woody Allen spoke out Friday, less than a week after his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, reasserted claims of sexual abuse at the hands of the director when she was a child.
Last Saturday, the daughter of Mia Farrow published an open letter in the New York Times graphically detailing the alleged sexual abuse.
The abuse allegations were first made back in 1992, when Farrow was 7 years old. The open letter was the first time Dylan Farrow herself has laid out what she says happened.
Now, Allen has published his own open letter in the New York Times, vigorously denying the accusations against him.
“It’s 21 years later and Dylan has come forward with the accusations that the Yale experts investigated and found false. Plus a few little added creative flourishes that seem to have magically appeared during our 21-year estrangement,” Allen wrote in the New York Times.
Mia Farrow’s accusation that Allen had molested Dylan Farrow came during a bitter custody fight. The couple broke up after Mia Farrow discovered that Allen was involved in a relationship with her oldest adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. Allen and Previn later married and have two adopted daughters.
Allen, whose films include “Annie Hall” and “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” was never charged with a crime.
Throughout the letter, Allen calls into question Mia Farrow’s character, claiming she refused to submit to a lie-detector test regarding the molestation allegations. Allen said he passed his lie-detector test in the case.
The Hollywood star asserts that Mia Farrow had exploited Dylan as a way of getting back at him for his relationship with her other adopted daughter, Soon-Yi, who was in her early 20s at the time their relationship had begun.
“Not that I doubt Dylan hasn’t come to believe she’s been molested, but if from the age of 7 a vulnerable child is taught by a strong mother to hate her father because he is a monster who abused her, is it so inconceivable that after many years of this indoctrination the image of me Mia wanted to establish had taken root?” the director said.
He also quoted the findings from special investigative unit assigned to the case that had found the allegations to be false. The investigators also said they believed that Mia Farrow may have coached her daughter.
“Of course, I did not molest Dylan. I loved her and hope one day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a loving father and exploited by a mother more interested in her own festering anger than her daughter’s well-being,” Allen wrote. “Being taught to hate your father and made to believe he molested you has already taken a psychological toll on this lovely young woman, and Soon-Yi and I are both hoping that one day she will understand who has really made her a victim and reconnect with us, as Moses has, in a loving, productive way.”
On Wednesday, Dylan Farrow’s brother Moses, defended Allen against the molestation allegations.
Allen ended the letter by saying it would be the last time he would speak on the matter.
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