Woody Allen Defends Himself Against Daughter Dylan Farrow's Claims Of Sexual Abuse
Woody Allen’s alleged molestation of his adopted daughter with Mia Farrow, Dylan Farrow, reemerged in the headlines after 21 years last week. Now, Allen is speaking out against the claims in his own words.
Woody Allen Speaks Out
Allen, 78, penned a lengthy, detail-heavy op-ed for The New York Times in which he makes a number of arguments against the veracity of Dylan Farrow’s account of his alleged sexual abuse. The director concedes that his daughter might believe her account of the incident, but is adamant that what she might think happened did not. He also places a considerable amount of blame for Dylan’s distress on his ex, Mia Farrow.
Allen began his essay by recounting his initial feelings upon learning that Mia Farrow had accused him of sexually abusing their daughter.
“When I first heard Mia Farrow had accused me of child molestation, I found the idea so ludicrous I didn’t give it a second thought,” Allen wrote. “We were involved in a terribly acrimonious breakup, with great enmity between us and a custody battle slowly gathering energy. The self-serving transparency of her malevolence seemed so obvious I didn’t even hire a lawyer to defend myself.”
Allen Rebuts Claims Of Sexual Abuse
The Oscar-winning director went on to shoot down the details provided of the alleged assault – claiming that the when and where make it hardly feasible. Allen mentions that at the time his ex claimed the abuse took place, a dozen people were at her place, he’s too claustrophobic to have been in the infamous attic for any substantial period, and was “in the blissful early stages of a happy new relationship.”
That relationship Allen speaks of is that with Soon-Yi Previn, Farrow’s adopted daughter that he’s since married. Allen doesn’t shy away from the controversy of their coupling either. “Despite what it looked like,” he said. “Our feelings were authentic and we’ve been happily married for 16 years with two great kids, both adopted.”
Allen also claimed he took a lie detector test that showed he was telling the truth concerning Dylan Farrow, and that the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital found that he had not abused her. In fact, Allen claims they believed that Dylan – in her stressful position in the middle of her parents' divorce – could have formed the false memory on her own, or by the coaching of her mother.
Allen Slams Ex Mia Farrow
Throughout his op-ed, Allen paints Farrow as deceitful, a person not to be trusted. He even mentions her claim that Frank Sinatra could be Ronan Farrow’s father. He also points to his and Farrow’s adopted son Moses Farrow, who has since come to his defense. He claims to wish, above all, that Dylan will come to see her mother as the villain in her story and not him.
“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,” he 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.”
– Chelsea Regan