Woody Allen denies molesting Dylan Farrow in open letter
Woody Allen is again denying he molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in an open letter published online by The New York Times.
Woody Allen, 78, said Dylan Farrow had been coached to make the claim by his estranged former partner, Mia Farrow.
He wrote in the newspaper that Dylan Farrow had been “used as a pawn for revenge” against him by her mother.
Dylan Farrow wrote last week in the New York Times that Woody Allen abused her in 1992 when she was seven years old in an attic at Mia Farrow’s Connecticut home.
Woody Allen alleges that Mia Farrow orchestrated the “smear” after discovering earlier in the same year that he was having an affair with her other adopted daughter from a previous partner, Soon-Yi Previn.
He began a relationship with Soon-Yi Previn when she was about 19. They wed in 1997 and remain married.
“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?” Woody Allen wrote.
He adds: “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.”
Dylan Farrow has previously said she decided to break her silence after two decades when Allen Allen’s latest film, Blue Jasmine, was nominated for an Oscar.
But Woody Allen said in his rebuttal that her allegation includes “creative flourishes that seem to have magically appeared during our 21-year estrangement”.
He wrote that he always kept away from the cramped attic because he suffers from claustrophobia.
“When I was in the blissful early stages of a happy new relationship with the woman I’d go on to marry, that I would pick this moment in time to embark on a career as a child molester should seem to the most skeptical mind highly unlikely,” he wrote.
Woody Allen points out that a panel of psychologists, appointed by prosecutors, concluded Dylan Farrow had not been molested.
He also wrote that he had passed a lie-detector test over the matter, while Mia Farrow, now 68, declined to take one.
Woody Allen said the article would be “my final word on this entire matter”, concluding: “Enough people have been hurt.”
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