Woody Allen has broken his silence over the sexual abuse allegation made by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow and he maintains his innocence while accusing his ex-wife Mia Farrow of making up the story for revenge.
In a lengthy op-ed he penned for The New York Times, Allen begins, ‘Twenty-one years ago, when I first heard Mia Farrow had accused me of child molestation, I found the idea so ludicrous I didn’t give it a second thought.’
He continues, ‘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.’
Allen then offered evidence to prove his stance that Mia was behind the whole thing:
- Dylan initially told a doctor she had NOT been molested … then changed her story after Mia took her out for ice cream.
- He willingly took a lie detector test and passed … while Mia refused to take one when he asked her to.
- An expert sex abuse panel at the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital concluded Dylan had not been abused at all … but the judges in their custody battle criticized the report because they did not approve of his affair with Mia’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, who he later married.
Speaking of the Yale report, Allen added the following conclusion from it:
It is our expert opinion that Dylan was not sexually abused by Mr. Allen. Further, we believe that Dylan’s statements on videotape and her statements to us during our evaluation do not refer to actual events that occurred to her on August 4th, 1992… In developing our opinion we considered three hypotheses to explain Dylan’s statements. First, that Dylan’s statements were true and that Mr. Allen had sexually abused her; second, that Dylan’s statements were not true but were made up by an emotionally vulnerable child who was caught up in a disturbed family and who was responding to the stresses in the family; and third, that Dylan was coached or influenced by her mother, Ms. Farrow. While we can conclude that Dylan was not sexually abused, we can not be definite about whether the second formulation by itself or the third formulation by itself is true. We believe that it is more likely that a combination of these two formulations best explains Dylan’s allegations of sexual abuse.
‘Could it be any clearer? Mr. Allen did not abuse Dylan; most likely a vulnerable, stressed-out 7-year-old was coached by Mia Farrow,’ Allen writes. ‘This conclusion disappointed a number of people.’
After quoting his adopted son Moses Farrow who had earlier said the director did not molest his sister, Allen goes ahead to question whether it was actually Dylan that wrote the letter:
One must ask, did Dylan even write the letter or was it at least guided by her mother? Does the letter really benefit Dylan or does it simply advance her mother’s shabby agenda? That is to hurt me with a smear. There is even a lame attempt to do professional damage by trying to involve movie stars, which smells a lot more like Mia than Dylan.
‘No one wants to discourage abuse victims from speaking out,’ Allen says, ‘but one must bear in mind that sometimes there are people who are falsely accused and that is also a terribly destructive thing.’
‘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,’ he concludes.
As ENTmania! previously reported, Dylan still maintains that she wrote the open letter herself and her mom was not involved in any revenge plot.
You can read the full piece over at The New York Times.