Woody Allen is finally fighting back after his adopted daughter Dylan accused him of molesting her as a child in a gut-wrenching open letter on Feb. 1. ‘Of course, I did not molest Dylan. I loved her,’ the famous filmmaker writes in a ‘New York Times’ op-ed published Feb. 7.
Woody Allen is telling his side of the story, and it’s almost as shocking as Dylan Farrow‘s. In his just-published New York Times op-ed, Woody claims his ex-partner of 12 years, Mia Farrow, is responsible for convincing Dylan, 28, that she was sexually abused by the Blue Jasmine director. “Being taught to hate your father and made to believe he molested you has already taken a psychological toll on this lovely young woman,” Woody says.
Woody Allen On Dylan Farrow’s Sex Abuse Claims: ‘I Did Not Molest Dylan’
It’s been 21 years since Dylan first accused Woody of sexually assaulting her in 1992, and on Feb. 1, she reiterated the allegations in a detailed open letter published on the New York Times website. After staying mum on the matter for almost a week, Woody is defending himself and firmly denying the accusations once again.
“Of course, I did not molest Dylan,” Woody, 78, writes in his New York Times op-ed. “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.”
Woody blames Mia for fabricating the claims Dylan levied against him in 1992 and again in her open letter. “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?” Woody asks.
Woody also holds Mia responsible for ruining any fatherly relationship he could have had with Dylan, out of anger over his controversial relationship with her other adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn.
“Soon-Yi and I made countless attempts to see Dylan but Mia blocked them all, spitefully knowing how much we both loved her but totally indifferent to the pain and damage she was causing the little girl merely to appease her own vindictiveness,” writes Woody.
He adds as a postscript: “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.”
Dylan Farrow Repeats Sexual Assault Accusations Against Woody Allen
Dylan’s letter was hard to read, both because of how shocking the accusations are and how serious they are. In it she wrote about an extended pattern of sexual abuse, saying:
When I was 7 years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me.
Dylan explained that she was reasserting the accusations now because of all the praise Woody has recently been receiving, specifically for his movie Blue Jasmine.
“Woody Allen was never convicted of any crime,” Dylan said. “That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up.”
This is a controversy that has been brewing for more than 20 years, and even after Woody’s response, we have a feeling Dylan isn’t about to back down.
– Tierney McAfee