In a piece that will appear in the New York Times’ Sunday Review, Woody Allen vehemently denies all allegations he molested his then 4-year-old daughter Dylan in 1992.
Allen’s primary reaction to the accusations are that his then-wife, Mia Farrow, was attempting to slander Allen amidst a messy breakup and manipulated young Dylan to say that Allen has molested her. Some excerpts below:
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... Now, suddenly, when I had driven up to her house in Connecticut one afternoon to visit the kids for a few hours, when I would be on my raging adversary’s home turf, with half a dozen people present, 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. The sheer illogic of such a crazy scenario seemed to me dispositive.
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? Is it any wonder the experts at Yale had picked up the maternal coaching aspect 21 years ago?
The entire letter can be read here.
The 21-year-old case has come again to the media’s attention after Allen was awarded a Cecil B. Demille award at the Golden Globes in January. Dylan Farrow told People that the award prompted her to write a February 1 open letter to the New York Times that greatly details the alleged abuse.
Allen ends the piece by saying that “Of course I did not molest Dylan,” and that “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.”