Woody Allen Responds to Molestation Allegations
Woody Allen, the famed film director and one-time lover of actress Mia Farrow, published an op-ed in Friday’s edition of The New York Times responding to reignited allegations of molestation by his adopted daughter, Dylan.
In 1992, during Allen’s court battle with Farrow at the end of their 12-year-long relationship, Dylan, then 7, claimed that Allen had sexually abused her.
The claims came on the heels of the news that Allen had been having an affair with Farrow’s 19-year-old daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, who was adopted by Mia Farrow and musician Andre Previn. Allen and Soon-Yi Previn continued their relationship, eventually marrying five years later.
Allen maintains that the frenzy surrounding the claims made by Dylan stem from nothing more than the affects of a child brainwashed to hate their father by their jilted mother.
In the Times piece, Allen writes, “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?”
Dylan Farrow quickly responded to Allen’s disregard for the situation and his determination that the rumors were false. (There was a police investigation in 1992, but it did not conclude in any charges being brought against the filmmaker.)
“Once again, Woody Allen is attacking me and my family in an effort to discredit and silence me — but nothing he says or writes can change the truth,” Dylan says. “For 20 years, I have never wavered in describing what he did to me. I will carry the memories of surviving these experiences for the rest of my life.”
Allen and Farrow had three children together; two adopted and a biological son, Satchel. Satchel now goes by Ronan Farrow, and is estranged from his father. He recently took to Twitter to vent and show support for his sister.
I love and support my sister and I think her words speak for themselves.
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) February 2, 2014
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