Woody Allen Breaks Silence: “Of Course I Did NOT Molest” Dylan Farrow, Ex Mia Made Up “Ludicrous” Abuse Claims
Woody Allen is breaking his silence on Dylan Farrow’s accusations of sexual abuse. After Allen’s estranged daughter alleged in an open letter that the he molested her when she was a child, the filmmaker is responding in a New York Times op-ed to be printed on Sunday.
In the lengthy piece, Allen professes his innocence and blames ex Mia Farrow for allegedly implanting the idea of abuse into Dylan’s mind. “Twenty-one years ago, 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 begins. He goes on, “I naïvely thought the accusation would be dismissed out of hand because of course, I hadn’t molested Dylan and any rational person would see the ploy for what it was. Common sense would prevail.”
Allen says the alleged incident Dylan described in her NYT letter is “illogic,” and writes:
“Mia insisted that I had abused Dylan and took her immediately to a doctor to be examined. Dylan told the doctor she had not been molested. Mia then took Dylan out for ice cream, and when she came back with her the child had changed her story. The police began their investigation; a possible indictment hung in the balance. I very willingly took a lie-detector test and of course passed because I had nothing to hide. I asked Mia to take one and she wouldn’t.”
Allen cites a Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital investigative panel as saying that Dylan was “not sexually abused,” though a judge in the family’s custody battle criticized the report.
The director says bluntly, “Now 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.” “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?” asks Allen.
The Blue Jasmine director also questions whether Dylan is the true author of her letter, saying, “One must ask, did Dylan even write the letter or was it at least guided by her mother?” “Does the letter really benefit Dylan or does it simply advance her mother’s shabby agenda? That is to hurt me with a smear,” he argues. “There is even a lame attempt to do professional damage by trying to involve movie stars, which smells a lot more like Mia than Dylan.”
“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. 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 [wife] 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.”
“No one wants to discourage abuse victims from speaking out, but one must bear in mind that sometimes there are people who are falsely accused and that is also a terribly destructive thing,” says the star. He adds, “This piece will be my final word on this entire matter and no one will be responding on my behalf to any further comments on it by any party. Enough people have been hurt.”