Woody Allen Responds to Dylan Farrow's Molestation Accusation
Today, Woody Allen wrote a letter to the New York Times in response to his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow's accusation that he molested her in 1992.
Allen argued his case, stating that he agreed to a lie detector test at the time, while his estranged wife, Mia Farrow did not.
"Mia insisted that I had abused Dylan and took her immediately to a doctor to be examined," Allen wrote. "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."
Dylan had accused Allen of molesting her in the attic of Farrow's Connecticut home, something that Allen vehemently refutes.
"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 wrote about his non-relationship with Ronan Farrow (both mother and son have raised speculation as to whether Ronan is Frank Sinatra's son or not), and how Farrow manipulated his adopted daughter, leading to an estrangement that exists to this day.
"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. 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."
Allen ended the letter stressing that neither he nor anyone else in his party would be commenting further on the accusation.
To read the letter in its entirety, click here.