Last week, Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, accused the director of molesting her as a child 21 years ago in an open letter for The New York Times. Now, Allen has responded in his own Times column, vehemently denying the claims made against him. Here is an excerpt of what he wrote:
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. After all, I was a 56-year-old man who had never before (or after) been accused of child molestation. I had been going out with Mia for 12 years and never in that time did she ever suggest to me anything resembling misconduct.
Later in the column, Allen then turns his attention to Mia Farrow, who he claims coached Dylan from a young age to drag his name through the mud:
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?
Allen finishes off his impassioned plea with a reassertion of his innocence in the whole matter:
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 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.
This is a story that will likely be dragged out in the court of public opinion for years with no firm resolution to be had. Again, be sure to check out the whole piece here to read everything Woody Allen has to say about the story. But as he states in the end, don't expect anymore statements from him regarding the matter.
[via The New York Times]