Woody Allen Writes A Blistering Rebuke to Dylan Farrow’s Sex Abuse Claims

Filmmaker blames Mia Farrow for creating false allegations

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Woody Allen and Dylan Farrow at Mia Farrow's apartment in New York City on May 2, 1989

Woody Allen has finally broken his long silence about claims that he molested Dylan Farrow, his adopted daughter with Mia Farrow, when she was 7. After several weeks in which the allegations have been rekindled by an open letter from Dylan, now 28, in the New York Times, and tweets by Mia and Ronan Farrow, Allen has responded with a fiery letter, also published in the Times.

“Of course, I did not molest Dylan,” Allen writes. “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…”

Allen blames Mia for planting what he says is a false memory in Dylan’s mind, due to Mia’s anger at him in the midst of a custody battle following the revelation of his relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, Mia’s adopted daughter with composer Andre Previn.

“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 further suggests Mia may have lied under oath about the paternity of their son, Ronan, who Mia recently suggested, in a Vanity Fair article, may be the child of Frank Sinatra.

“Granted, [Ronan] looks a lot like Frank with the blue eyes and facial features, but if so what does this say? That all during the custody hearing Mia lied under oath and falsely represented Ronan as our son? Even if he is not Frank’s, the possibility she raises that he could be, indicates she was secretly intimate with him during our years. Not to mention all the money I paid for child support. Was I supporting Frank’s son? Again, I want to call attention to the integrity and honesty of a person who conducts her life like that.”

Allen also claims that Mia enticed one of his former girlfriends, Stacey Nelkin, to testify falsely against him.

As evidence of his innocence, Allen points to the “impartial” findings of an investigation carried out by the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital, which ruled that no abuse had occurred. He also cites statements from Moses Farrow, a son he adopted with Mia, who says that his mother “drummed it into me to hate my father.” Now 29, Moses is a family therapist who has renewed his relationship with Allen.

In what sounds like the setup to a joke in a one of his movies, Allen describes the Connecticut attic in which the assault allegedly occurred as “a tiny, cramped, enclosed spot where one can hardly stand up.” Due to his acute claustrophobia, he says he was never able to stay in the space for more than a few minutes. He goes on to suggest that Mia imagined that location because of a song written by singer-songwriter Dory Previn, “With My Daddy in the Attic,” which leads to another ad hominem attack in which he notes that the song is on the same album as “Beware of Young Girls,” which Previn wrote after Mia Farrow took up with her then-husband, Andre Previn, in 1968.

No charges were ever filed against Allen, and a Connecticut prosecutor recently said the state’s statute of limitations meant that he could no longer be charged, even if conclusive evidence was found.

24 comments
dblmini
dblmini

The facts are that Woody went for teenage girls so it's not a stretch to believe this. He has to tear his ex apart to take the heat off of himself. Mia may have made bad choices, but she didn't take nude pictures of teenage boys. Dylan uis right...Hollywood should not support him, or Roman, etc.

PremJanardhan
PremJanardhan

I have to say Dylan should be able to give a lot more details if what happened to her was real.  Perhaps she's just pulling her punch right now.

thisisourturn
thisisourturn

She is making a mockery of those that are actually abused and molested. And this is ALL about Mia Farrow. Her wounded ego and how she took it out on her children. Shame on her.

Dylan Farrow needs to address her own mother about her unyielding support of convicted child molesters Roman Polanski and her John Villers Farrow (Mia's brother). Or why Mia Farrow may have lied for over 20 yrs that Ronan Farrow may not be Woody Allen's biological son. Or that her mother authorized The Purple Rose of Cairo clip be used at the Golden Globe tribute and then turned around and blamed Hollywood.



designchick77
designchick77

To me, this whole thing is all just really sad. This family's psychodrama is getting played out in public, via dueling op-eds in the New York Times. As a PR professional, I honestly wonder who advised Allen that writing and publishing his piece was a good idea, as it read to me as an irrational, histrionic screed against a woman he's been broken up with for twenty years. It's sad that it seems like neither Woody or Mia has been able to let go of ANY of the anger they feel over the breakup and subsequent allegations. I know divorced couples who had incredibly acrimonious splits, who were later able to put their own hurt feelings aside for the good of their children, or at least to achieve some measure of peace in their lives. Hell, my father-in-law left my mother-in-law for one of her friends, and in later life she helped take care of him when he became ill. He left her part of his estate, and they had been divorced 30 years! The fact that both sides seem to have such raw emotions, this much later, doesn't speak well of either Mia or Woody's maturity level. And then Woody writes this piece that is full of cheap shots at Mia, and indignation over possibly paying child support for a kid that isn't his, which wasn't at all what he should have focused on. Woody would have been better served by letting Dylan's op-ed pass, and then just issuing a short statement or giving a 60 Minutes interview where he could talk about the issue in a measured way. And his first expressed concern should have been for Dylan's well-being, not indignance over his own accusation. Like it or not, right or wrong, the court of public opinion is trying him and this did not help his case. People's perception is their reality, and the perception of Woody I had after reading this is that he is shallow, egotistical and immature, and that he is probably paying a lot of money for bad PR advice. That doesn't make him a child molester, but it doesn't help general opinion of him, either.

Which leads me to another point. I have seen multiple news stories and blogs on this issue over the last week, in which there are many angry commenters on both sides who seem to be taking this story personally, like it involves one of their family members, or something. People are dissecting the sequence of events of the breakup and molestation investigation like it is the damn Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination. Here's a tip: if you have spent more than three hours this week reading stories and writing comments about this case, you really, really, REALLY need some perspective in your life. Put the computer down, stand up, and walk outside. Take a walk and get some fresh air. Go to the movies - see the new Woody Allen movie, if you feel like it! - or start planning a vegetable garden, or go to a bookstore and buy a novel. No amount of angry screeds posted online - either by the principals of this melodrama, or uninvolved parties - is not going to solve or resolve anything. It would be better for the ENTIRE COUNTRY if we could all just start ignoring this whole sordid sequence of events and let this family work out its own issues on a therapist's dime, or in a closed court of law, or something. Not sure - on either side - what trading barbs in the media is supposed to solve.

mizu8
mizu8

This is terrible! There is another case like that. Fashion designer Marc Jacobs tortures and terrorizes a young Hungarian girl. He stole her ideas, used her talent and harassed her. He's been stalking her since she was 16. Jacobs is a cruel manipulator. Read the truth with evidence at: http://goo.gl/52PVbV

optimist3
optimist3

What is offensive is not that it appears to the reasoned, and rational mind that in fact Dylan Farrow is a victim: of Mia Farrow.


What is offensive it the "Yellow Journalism" Mr. Guzman uses in presenting Woody's letter as "Blistery" "Fiery" "Blaming" "Suggest(ing)" and "Claiming."


For this Mr. Guzman--if there were any justice in this whole false claims mess--should be fired from his unearned frole as culture editor.


Very seriously irresponsible piece of work, further making clear that Time is not far from the National Enquirer.

annmason24
annmason24

Dylan is lying. I say this from personal knowledge. I was sexually abused from infancy to age 13 by my father, and I have worked as a professional counselor whose clients included victims of childhood sexual abuse.

Part of the abuse process is making the child feel that it is his or her responsibility; this is done to force their silence. And no matter how much time or counseling has occurred, this guilt is carried into adulthood. The last thing a true victim of child sexual abuse would do is write an open letter to the New York Times, describing in great and horrific detail what her abuser did; within their deepest psyche, she or he would believe that to do such would be to broadcast their own guilt. Dylan insults those of us who really do know the suffering she falsely claims. Her letter is simply plagiarism of various internet porno sites.

In the autumn, 2013 issue of Vanity Fair, Dylan claimed she couldn't remember any specifics of what she only implied was molestation. Now, just three months later, she conjures up all sorts of horrors. And just in time for the Oscars. Again, we see incongruous spotlight behavior; NOT the actions of an adult struggling with the core issue of guilt that forever burden of the sexually abused child.

And here is another detail about her little-thought-through-attack: her viciousness in accusing Woody Allen's supporters of complicity in her "abuse" is not only hateful and untrue but a not-so-veiled threat to anyone who dares question her. Particularly revealing of her motives is her naming actors in the same film- Blue Jasmine- that happens to be the target of her destructive words.

My question, Dylan, is this; if you name and blame these people outside your family, why do you not first blame your mother, Mia Farrow? She was with you every day, unlike occasional visitors (if they were even that). One can only conclude that Mia was blind and stupid; that she didn't give a damn about you, or that you're lying about the whole thing. Where was Mia, Dylan?

Oh yes, with Frank Sinatra.

dreamdancer_SC
dreamdancer_SC

I believe Woody, I grew up with a psycho mother, that would turn me against my father and him against me, because in her world no one could love someone if she didn't approve, and she certainly didn't want her husband to have ANY love for the child she never wanted... ME.  Her husband, my father showing any support, loving or bonding to anyone but her  (and especially me) was a cause for her to go ballistic. 


No offense against Dylan, I believe she is a victim as I was, between my parents, incest is not only physical, it is emotional too. She is a victim of terrible, horrible poison... worst than any physical touching of any sort, the power struggle of the parents. I believe that both Woody and Mia have faults because of their relationship to each other and the children, but Woody's sexual abuse, no way. It doesn't fit, emotional abuse, perhaps, maybe. That is where a parent bonds in an emotionally mature way to a child who doesn't have the emotion maturity to reciprocate. That totally happened to me and maybe too to Dylan, but that isn not in any way the same as rape, or any other physical abuses. It is an abuse too, but so subtle, it is damaging but is not the motive of a pedophile, which like a rapist a pedophile is about power over a victim and not so much about getting off sexually.


I personally think Mia is the smoking gun of all of this horrible situation, shame on you Mia, get over it already. I have, my first husband also left me for someone 20+ years younger, the good news is that my current husband is so much better than he was by a million times, let it go, life can then give you a gift. And for god's sake don't drag your kids into it, I speak from experience on that one too.

RobinKilgore
RobinKilgore

@dblmini  ...of course Mia never took pictures of teenage boys...she was only attracted to much older men...and from an early age, too.

mtstrauss
mtstrauss

@PremJanardhan This is an excellent idea. In the past we've been too easy on the molested children. From now on, we must ask, no, we must DEMAND details, lots and lots of details, in order to nab the little liars. And if they can't cough up a lot more details in a timely manner, well then, it will only mean they are lying.

WhiteMegyn
WhiteMegyn

@PremJanardhan  Are you kidding? #1. she was 7 years old, #2. the brain/mind protects itself from traumatic "details", whether it's a car accident, a fire or abuse. I know; I, too, was abused by my "father".

RobinKilgore
RobinKilgore

@designchick77  ...I agree with much of what you have written, but I would point out that it was not by Mr. Allen's choice that this sordid story is being passed around and embellished upon. This is the work of Dylan, Mia, and Ronan Farrow who have each bandied this story about and thrown it out for public speculation and consumption on multiple occasions and using every available format to that end.

Mr. Allen, on the other hand , has been extremely measured and patient in the face of such libelous and ugly claims that should have remained in the past where they were put to rest by investigators many, many years ago, who concluded that the molestation allegations were entirely lacking in credibility.

Those who are truly interested in understanding the dynamics of that dysfunctional family and those events that were alleged, should google 'Woody Allen's 1992 interview on 60 MINUTES'...it's available for viewing online in its' entirety and it speaks volumes.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@optimist3  Bs he is the liar, woody is a pervert and love little girls and very young women. he has a history of going for very young vulnerable girls.

kauaidyes
kauaidyes

You say that a true victim would not write a letter about it but you are posting a comment about it.

WhiteMegyn
WhiteMegyn

@annmason24  Thank God you are not counselling me or I'd be in a psych ward. She's not "naming and blaming", or "threatening" and is hardly "vicious" in her "little-thought-through-attack" (could you be any more condescending to an alleged victim?).  She's pointing out that it's harmful to support a parent who molests their child; she asks that they put themselves in her shoes. Where was Mia? Supporting her children as best she could. As a counselor, have you never met a mother in denial (and I'm not suggesting Mia was; I'm just saying)? Have you never seen a wife/girlfriend emotionally co-dependent? Oh, and I'm a "true victim" and I've been writing books, stories, etc about my sexual abuse by my "father". Have you never seen a memoir about incest? You are mighty ignorant, in my opinion, for a "professional counselor". P.S. SOOO glad the court documents came out to prove you wrong.

dblmini
dblmini

Right...you are speaking from personal knowledge...lol. There is no exact formula for abuse. It is well documented that Woody had an inappropriate relationship with Dylan and was in counseling for this. It is well documented that Woody liked his girls young. It is well documented that he took nude pictures of a teenager.

As to a "true victim" not writing a letter...wrong. Many victims reach a point where they want/need to regain their sense of power and writing a letter such as this is incredibly empowering and therapeutic. There is no way you are a counselor and do not know that letter writing and empowerment are keys to regaining what an abuser has taken away.

Dylan rightfully questions how Woody's famous friends could ignore his crimes against her...which is something I have wondered about as well...it's actually quite sickening. It is not hateful for her to question this.

Why would Dylan blame her beloved mother? Mia may have made her mistakes, but she did not know what Woody was doing...obviously Woody didn't care if he fooled around with Mia's family...he took nude pictures of one. He might have done the same with Dylan but he didn't want to leave any evidence.

Where was Mia? With Frank. Where was Woody? With an innocent girl and a teenager.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@annmason24  Your a moron your love for this jewish comic is clouding your judgement, as well as your hostile attitude toward women.

Valer
Valer

@annmason24  Part of the healing process is to talk about it and lose the fear and shame associated with it.  If my father had ever done anything famous, I would write about his abuse of me to the NYT but he is a nobody.  I am only now, late in life,able to talk about it .  You cannot speak for everyone and you were not there.  I do think both of her parents are narcissists but the real crime is to steal another's childhood and sabotage their adulthood.  She, Dylan, needs to do whatever it takes to get back whatever normalcy she can get.   Another thing to mention is that abusers rarely tell the truth.  Their biggest lie is when they say, "This is our secret and "THEY" won't understand."   

Taaffe
Taaffe

This is a clear case of projecting your own issues. Not everybody's issues are the same. Did your father marry your adopted sister ?

Openminded1
Openminded1

@dreamdancer_SC  Another moron with mommy issues, your case is not the same as Woodys, a known lover of women half his age and even teenagers. he is a scum bag with talent but still a scum bag.

dreamdancer_SC
dreamdancer_SC

@Openminded1


Oh yes and name calling is so mature. I have read about Mia's abuse towards her other children and have seen it in my own family.  Ever hear of a gent named Charlie Chaplin?  He too liked younger girls, he married Oona O'Neill the daughter of his very close friend Eugene O'Neill a month after she turned 18. Charlie was 54 at the time. They had eight kids and were together until he died. The fact that Woody and Charlie married women much younger does not make them child molesters, period. There is no solid proof Woody molested Dylan, nor any solid proof Dylan was actually molested. In this country we need proof before tar and feathering people, but on message boards like these people seem to be in the Dark Ages.

SuzanneRobertson1
SuzanneRobertson1

@dreamdancer_SC @Openminded1  I suggest you try the LA Times website.  The posters are less prone to name calling and personal attacks and also seem to be better informed, more articulate, and less likely to post things which causes one to wonder if they were intoxicated at the time of the posting.  I would like to have a dialogue with you but not on this site.


Openminded1
Openminded1

@dreamdancer_SC @Openminded1  You really do live in a dream world, you need to move out of Sc and make your way to Hollywood with the rest of the dreamers. Reality is not something you are aware of.