Woody Allen’s Lawyer: Molestation Claims Were “Implanted” by Mia Farrow
Woody Allen’s attorney is speaking out for the first time to address molestation allegations by the famed director’s adopted daughter, calling her a “pawn” in a ongoing emotional feud between the film icon and his once longtime girlfriend, Mia Farrow.
Dylan Farrow‘s claims of child abuse were first brought to light two decades ago, those of which Allen has always denied, and resurfaced after the now-28-year-old penned an open letter in the New York Times detailing the alleged molestation she endured as a 7-year-old child: “Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house,” Dylan wrote. “He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me.”
Elkan Abramowitz says his client is not angry, but sad.
“His reaction is one of overwhelming sadness because of what has happened to Dylan,” Abramowitz told the TODAY show. “She was a pawn in a huge fight between him and Mia Farrow years ago and the idea that she was molested was implanted in her by her mother and that memory is never going to go away.”
Abramowitz added that Dylan is telling the truth, only it’s her version of what she thinks is reality.
“She is not lying, I think she truly believes this happened,” he said. “When you implant a story in a fragile 7-year-old’s mind, it stays there forever.”
Woody’s attorney was also quick to note that when the allegations were investigated 20 years ago, the district attorney did not prosecute and the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of Yale-New Haven determined after a six-month inquiry that not only did abuse never take place, but she was coached by Mia.
However, a separate judge later denied Woody all visitation rights, a consequence his attorney says was a direct result of the public’s confusion about the relationship between the 78-year-old and Mia’s adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, who later married the director and with whom she has two children.
“Soon-Yi was not Woody Allen’s daughter, but Mia Farrow’s and Andre Previn’s,” he said.
“And he was not having an affair with his adopted daughter,” said Abramowitz, adding that the timing of the letter is suspect, considering Woody has been nominated for numerous film awards, including an Oscar for helming Blue Jasmine.
Mia, however, denies any brainwashing involvement.
Since the letter was published, it’s also divided those in Hollywood who have long known the director and those who have sympathy for Woody’s young daughter.
Barbara Walters staunchly defended Woody, calling her friend a “loving, caring father,” while Girls star Lena Dunham calls Dylan’s act of speaking out “courageous, powerful and generous” and without false intensions: “Most victims NEVER speak up. Most never feel they can. These are not stories we tell for fun, attention or revenge,” she added via Twitter.
Does Woody plan on taking any legal action to fight these allegations? Take a look at the video above to find out.