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Woody Allen Responds One Last Time to Dylan Farrow's Sexual Molestation Accusations

Woody Allen Responds One Last Time to Dylan Farrow's Sexual Molestation Accusations

Woody Allen has written an op-ed for the New York Times where he tells his entire version of what his story against the allegations that he sexually abused his daughter Dylan Farrow.

Mia [Farrow] insisted that I had abused Dylan and took her immediately to a doctor to be examined. Dylan told the doctor she had not been molested,” the 78-year-old director wrote. “Mia then took Dylan out for ice cream, and when she came back with her the child had changed her story.”

“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 added.

“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,” Woody continued.

In the letter, Woody says this will be his final word on the subject. He also discusses the very controversial topic involving Ronan Farrow‘s real biological father – him or Frank Sinatra.

Click inside to read the letter in its entirety…

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. We were involved in a terribly acrimonious breakup, with great enmity between us and a custody battle slowly gathering energy. The self-serving transparency of her malevolence seemed so obvious I didn’t even hire a lawyer to defend myself. It was my show business attorney who told me she was bringing the accusation to the police and I would need a criminal lawyer.

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. Common sense would prevail. After all, I was a 56-year-old man who had never before (or after) been accused of child molestation. I had been going out with Mia for 12 years and never in that time did she ever suggest to me anything resembling misconduct. Now, suddenly, when I had driven up to her house in Connecticut one afternoon to visit the kids for a few hours, when I would be on my raging adversary’s home turf, with half a dozen people present, when I was in the blissful early stages of a happy new relationship with the woman I’d go on to marry — that I would pick this moment in time to embark on a career as a child molester should seem to the most skeptical mind highly unlikely. The sheer illogic of such a crazy scenario seemed to me dispositive.

Notwithstanding, Mia insisted that I had abused Dylan and took her immediately to a doctor to be examined. 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. The police began their investigation; a possible indictment hung in the balance. I very willingly took a lie-detector test and of course passed because I had nothing to hide. I asked Mia to take one and she wouldn’t. Last week a woman named Stacey Nelkin, whom I had dated many years ago, came forward to the press to tell them that when Mia and I first had our custody battle 21 years ago, Mia had wanted her to testify that she had been underage when I was dating her, despite the fact this was untrue. Stacey refused. I include this anecdote so we all know what kind of character we are dealing with here. One can imagine in learning this why she wouldn’t take a lie-detector test.

Meanwhile the Connecticut police turned for help to a special investigative unit they relied on in such cases, the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital. This group of impartial, experienced men and women whom the district attorney looked to for guidance as to whether to prosecute, spent months doing a meticulous investigation, interviewing everyone concerned, and checking every piece of evidence. Finally they wrote their conclusion which I quote here: “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. This conclusion disappointed a number of people. The district attorney was champing at the bit to prosecute a celebrity case, and Justice Elliott Wilk, the custody judge, wrote a very irresponsible opinion saying when it came to the molestation, “we will probably never know what occurred.”

But we did know because it had been determined and there was no equivocation about the fact that no abuse had taken place. Justice Wilk was quite rough on me and never approved of my relationship with Soon-Yi, Mia’s adopted daughter, who was then in her early 20s. He thought of me as an older man exploiting a much younger woman, which outraged Mia as improper despite the fact she had dated a much older Frank Sinatra when she was 19. In fairness to Justice Wilk, the public felt the same dismay over Soon-Yi and myself, but despite what it looked like our feelings were authentic and we’ve been happily married for 16 years with two great kids, both adopted. (Incidentally, coming on the heels of the media circus and false accusations, Soon-Yi and I were extra carefully scrutinized by both the adoption agency and adoption courts, and everyone blessed our adoptions.)

Mia took custody of the children and we went our separate ways.

I was heartbroken. Moses was angry with me. Ronan I didn’t know well because Mia would never let me get close to him from the moment he was born and Dylan, whom I adored and was very close to and about whom Mia called my sister in a rage and said, “He took my daughter, now I’ll take his.” I never saw her again nor was I able to speak with her no matter how hard I tried. I still loved her deeply, and felt guilty that by falling in love with Soon-Yi I had put her in the position of being used as a pawn for revenge. 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.

Here I quote Moses Farrow, 14 at the time: “My mother drummed it into me to hate my father for tearing apart the family and sexually molesting my sister.” Moses is now 36 years old and a family therapist by profession. “Of course Woody did not molest my sister,” he said. “She loved him and looked forward to seeing him when he would visit. She never hid from him until our mother succeeded in creating the atmosphere of fear and hate towards him.” Dylan was 7, Ronan 4, and this was, according to Moses, the steady narrative year after year.

I pause here for a quick word on the Ronan situation. Is he my son or, as Mia suggests, Frank Sinatra’s? Granted, he 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.

NOW it’s 21 years later and Dylan has come forward with the accusations that the Yale experts investigated and found false. Plus a few little added creative flourishes that seem to have magically appeared during our 21-year estrangement.

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? Is it any wonder the experts at Yale had picked up the maternal coaching aspect 21 years ago? Even the venue where the fabricated molestation was supposed to have taken place was poorly chosen but interesting. Mia chose the attic of her country house, a place she should have realized I’d never go to because it is a tiny, cramped, enclosed spot where one can hardly stand up and I’m a major claustrophobe. The one or two times she asked me to come in there to look at something, I did, but quickly had to run out. Undoubtedly the attic idea came to her from the Dory Previn song, “With My Daddy in the Attic.” It was on the same record as the song Dory Previn had written about Mia’s betraying their friendship by insidiously stealing her husband, André, “Beware of Young Girls.” 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.

After all, if speaking out was really a necessity for Dylan, she had already spoken out months earlier in Vanity Fair. Here I quote Moses Farrow again: “Knowing that my mother often used us as pawns, I cannot trust anything that is said or written from anyone in the family.” Finally, does Mia herself really even believe I molested her daughter? Common sense must ask: Would a mother who thought her 7-year-old daughter was sexually abused by a molester (a pretty horrific crime), give consent for a film clip of her to be used to honor the molester at the Golden Globes?

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. (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.)

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200 Responses to “Woody Allen Responds One Last Time to Dylan Farrow's Sexual Molestation Accusations”

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  1. 26
    allison Says:

    @Domino: Read Dylan’s response. The judge disregarded what the doctors said because first they were friendly to Allen’s side and second these experts did not keep records or threw away there records. What kid of professionals throw away their notes. Except if there is something different than their conclusion they did not want the judge to know.

  2. 27
    remember da truth Says:

    The most obvious “fact” that proves that Dylan was NOT abused, besides authority after authority more accustomed to dealing with abused children than those who like to attack people on the internet are, is that there was NEVER a mention of any abuse until AFTER Mia’s pride was hurt by her adopted daughter running off with her boyfriend/meal ticket. Granted, that’s an emotional blow, and I have been shocked at meeting women in subsequent years going through a divorce or custody battle who have tried or threatened to try to accuse their estranged partner of sexual abuse to get the upper hand. It’s sick that you would put your own child through that and accuse someone of it just because you are bitter.

    Why on earth would someone in a public breakup, already a scandal, and faced with a custody battle, choose that moment to molest their child? Especially when it had never happened before, nothing like it ever before or since? Pedophiles are famous for covering their tracks. Anyone with any sense can see this is a false accusation. And anyone who has been around kids, especially vulnerable, fragile ones as by all accounts Dylan was, with an overbearing parent, can attest to their saying and doing whatever that parent wants them to.

    Teachers have been accused of physical abuse by children that never happened, and the myth that “children don’t lie” has been disproved over and over. Use a little common sense, and anyone can see this is a horrible manipulation by a woman who 20 years later, still can’t get over her own issues with an ex.

  3. 28
    Dylan's response to WA Says:

    Once again, Woody Allen is attacking me and my family in an effort to discredit and silence me – but nothing he says or writes can change the truth. For 20 years, I have never wavered in describing what he did to me. I will carry the memories of surviving these experiences for the rest of my life.
    EARLIER: Woody Allen Slams Mia Farrow’s ‘Shabby Agenda’: ‘To Hurt Me With A Smear … Smells A Lot More Like Mia Than Dylan’
    His op-ed is the latest rehash of the same legalese, distortions, and outright lies he has leveled at me for the past 20 years. He insists my mother brought criminal charges – in fact, it was a pediatrician who reported the incident to the police based on my firsthand account. He suggests that no one complained of his misconduct prior to his assault on me – court documents show that he was in treatment for what his own therapist described as “inappropriate” behavior with me from as early as 1991. He offers a carefully worded claim that he passed a lie detector test – in fact, he refused to take the test administered by the state police (he hired someone to administer his own test, which authorities refused to accept as evidence). These and other misrepresentations have been rebutted in more detail by independent, highly respected journalists, including this most recent article here:
    With all the attempts to misrepresent the facts, it is important to be reminded of the truth contained in court documents from the only final ruling in this case, by the New York Supreme Court in 1992. In denying my father all access to me, that court:
    Debunked the “experts” my father claims exonerated him, calling them “colored by their loyalty to Mr. Allen”, criticizing the author of their report (who never met me) for destroying all supporting documentation, and calling their conclusions “sanitized and therefore less credible”.
    Included testimony from babysitters who witnessed inappropriate sexual behavior by my father toward me.
    Found that “there is no credible evidence to support Mr. Allen’s contention that Ms. Farrow coached Dylan or that Ms. Farrow acted upon a desire for revenge against him for seducing Soon-Yi. Mr. Allen’s resort to the stereotypical ‘woman scorned’ defense is an injudicious attempt to divert attention from his failure to act as a responsible parent and adult.”
    Concluded that the evidence “…proves that Mr. Allen’s behavior toward Dylan was grossly inappropriate and that measures must be taken to protect her.”
    Finally, the Connecticut State prosecutor found “probable cause” to prosecute, but made the decision not to in an effort to protect “the child victim”, given my fragile state.
    From the bottom of my heart, I will be forever grateful for the outpouring of support I have received from survivors and countless others. If speaking out about my experience can help others stand up to their tormentors, it will be worth the pain and suffering my father continues to inflict on me. Woody Allen has an arsenal of lawyers and publicists but the one thing he does not have on his side is the truth. I hope this is the end of his vicious attacks and of the media campaign by his lawyers and publicists, as he’s promised. I won’t let the truth be buried and I won’t be silenced.

  4. 29
    essie Says:

    So what if Mia and Allen didn’t live together.. it’s like Kurt Russell marrying Kate Hudson. I don’t know how not living together normalizes the situation. There are pictures on the interwebs with the family, clearly when Soonyi was before 18. Mia found naked photos of a young teenaged Soonyi, but how when they didn’t live together?

  5. 30
    Sam Says:

    Well. This really makes me think. He has some solid proof here. Wow, what a shame.

  6. 31
    allison Says:

    @remember da truth: Why on earth would someone in a public breakup, already a scandal, and faced with a custody battle, choose that moment to molest their child?
    You act as if a molester is a sane person. Sandusky knew Penn State was looking into him in 2002 but because they were not really investigating he just kept on molesting. Just not at Penn State.

  7. 32
    Gerd Says:

    He took a lie detector test and passed…Mia didn’t want to…End of story.

    Everyone with a brain can see that this is madwoman’s spin. And to all those who say Woody’s work is a testament to his crime, can’t possibly have seen his movies (probably because a lack of IQ) And spare me for the Manhattan example….that movie relationship was devoid of creepiness and full of genuine love.

    The fact that Dylan and Mia are using the media to get through to Woody, says everything to me. Tell him to his face if you got something to say Dylan, that’s what real and true victims do to heal their pain, and you’ve had every chance for the last 22 years….if it wasn’t for that Crawford type of mother of yours.

  8. 33
    dylan's response Says:

    @Gerd: He offers a carefully worded claim that he passed a lie detector test – in fact, he refused to take the test administered by the state police (he hired someone to administer his own test, which authorities refused to accept as evidence)

  9. 34
    remember da truth Says:

    What is driving Mia crazy is that she wasn’t able to destroy Woody Allen’s career. It’s not rocket science to see that all this is suddenly rising to the surface again, 20 years later, because Woody got a lifetime achievement award and he has had more than one award nomination for recent movies.

  10. 35
    kelli Says:

    I think he had to respond because of the pressure recently from these accusations and to protect his movie and stars who are up for awards at the academy awards. it might cost cate blanchett her award because it’s so fresh in the minds of people. I think it’s interesting that he calls Mia’s integrity into question when he crossed the line with his then-daughter; he’s not as squeaky clean as he says. she might have been 20 when they married, but she was significantly younger when he was having sex with her (likely in the home) and was allegedly in her teens when he took naked pics of her in the home. mia is definitely filled with hate and rage, but perhaps because she knows the truth and is upset we area all blind to it?? Woody is an exceptionally talented man, but the fact that he also stays away from all awards ceremonies and his peers kinda of says something about him too.

  11. 36
    remember da truth Says:

    Justina you say doctors are often wrong. My guess is that if the doctors (plural, by the way, from different institutions) had found Dylan to be abused, you would be arguing that they are experts and should be believed.
    Bottom line, you WANT abuse to have taken place, and are somehow emotionally invested in what this family has been through. Ask yourself why you want this to have happened? It flies in the face of every fact, every circumstance surrounding this case. There is nothing akin to a pedophile in Allen’s actions before or since. Anyone mentioning Sandusky can point to MULTIPLE cases. No one has come out of the woodwork to even try to make a buck off of claiming to have been abused by Allen. Michael Jackson had multiple cases thrown at him. Allen has had only a bitter ex making up stories no authority could find credence in.
    Time to get over it, Justina, and solve your OWN issues.

  12. 37
    remember da truth Says:

    Men liking young women in their late teens is not the same as being a pedophile and abusing a 7-year-old child. Mia herself married at 19. So did Lady Diana. Soon-Yi was an independent young woman who had lived a life unlike most people that made her grow up quickly. She wasn’t even adopted until 8 years old. If being with Allen were a phase, she would have left him by now. She wouldn’t be able to adopt children of her own if she were a damaged, brainwashed little fool.
    Pictures found by Mia — who by the way, was already on the rocks with Allen which is why she was searching his apartment while not there to find the pictures — were recent, and not of Soon-Yi as a young girl. Mia was about to lose her meal ticket, and was jealous when Allen told her he didn’t want to see her anymore. Not only a younger woman, but her own adopted daughter is, granted, a huge blow, but Dylan and the rest of the family didn’t deserve to be ripped apart by Mia’s emotional instability.

  13. 38
    Woody Pedophile Says:


    did he put it in your mouth too?

  14. 39
    remember da truth Says:

    Kelli, staying away from awards ceremonies does not make a pedophile! LOL! He doesn’t believe that artists should be in competition, or that one did a better job than another. He does NOT stay away from his peers. He makes a movie a year, with top stars, all over the world. He has been seen in restaurants and at Knicks games with friends and peers.
    He does not tweet and display his life for the paparazzi, but that hardly makes him a pedophile.

  15. 40
    yep Says:

    @remember da truth: bingo!

  16. 41
    toxic mia Says:

    @kelli: he has a reason to question her motives/integrity if she is the one believed to be behind the plot to accuse him. Yes, now its dylan but it is believed she is a pawn. Mia’s motives, sexual conduct and state of mind are all factors and she certainly is no more moral then woody.

  17. 42
    essie Says:

    No matter how you put it, Soonyi was Mia’s daughter. Woody had contact with Soonyi despite living separately. And oh yeah Mia sounds really bitter.. so far her responses to this do not bash Woody, but rather show her support for Dylan. Meanwhile, Woody continues to try and paint Mia as a crazy person, if he really thinks that why doesn’t he sue for defamation. No matter, he does not answer the facts from the investigation file which says something.

  18. 43
    toxic mia Says:

    @essie: yes mia is trying to be wise this week and not tweet about it but that means nothing. She was very vocal before and even tweeting the day of and after the GG’s with Ronan. Mia is crazy as they come and is not beyond dreaming this up.

  19. 44
    Carolyn Says:

    I think Dylan definitely believes she was molested. Whether that actually occurred or was implanted in her mind, one of her parents has hurt her and caused irreparable damage. That’s the sad part of this whole thing.

  20. 45
    miapocca Says:

    - We all have a different moral compass

    –Mine says dating your partners child who you have known for 10 years since age 9-10 is disturbing

    -Woody needs to address the 28 year old who made the allegations not Mia

    -Why did Woody adopt 2 daughters who are clones of Soon Yi and Dylan and which adoption agency handed over those two children to him

    -How can you even justify the fact that you dated a woman for over decade and you played father figure to only SOME of her children and not the rest. If so why wasnt Soon Yi upset and hateful of him

    -The relationship with Soon Yi seems to have been ongoing way before the official age they both claim

    -I empathize with the Farrow a family with adoptive parents the boundaries on FAMILY relationship should be clearcut and strong. If Woody can walk away 20 years from those children he could have walked away from Soon Yi to bring some peace to the family he devastated

    -Soon Yi and Woody are simply two sick individuals who have lied to themselves that they are in a RELATIONSHIP …(supplemented by mommys lookalike and previous victims lookalike)

    - When an issue is at hands most people tend to engage in character assassination rather than examine the case. So Mia is crazy huh../.have an affair with my daughter and take naked pictures and you will find out MIa is relatively SANE compared to me

    -If MIA is so crazy how do you explain the amazing work she has done with her kids…two graduating under age 18 from college or law school , all dedicated to helping out mankind…if she is cray then give me some of that rather than prozac

    -Do not vilify the victim irrespective of what side you take.

    -If this is Karma then we all have a lot to learn because Mia payback is just too much for any mother to bear..and why the children

    -Why does Soon Yi still call herself Previn, the mad disowned her for her actions and none of the kids from that half are in contact with her…

  21. 46
    Lifetime Achiever Woody Allen Says:

    What a talented man.

  22. 47
    Claire Says:

    I’m laughing at people who think Woody is a molester without even knowing what happened and who’s really lying here. Dylan was examined by doctors, they found nothing corroborating her claims.
    I think Mia made the whole thing up to get back at smear Woody’s reputation after she was out of a job, a boyfriend and a daughter. The timing of the Farrow family is really telling, whatever happened or did not happen Dylan should take this matter to court or in private and move on. How long her 15 minutes is gonna last? She said her piece, got enough attention… now is time for therapy.

  23. 48
    miapocca Says:

    A hurt to many to live out a sick “love” affair with a glorified old man.

    I am glad that Soon Yi’s actions did not put Mia off adopting more children. They say the actions of our parents can resound throughout our lives but Soon Yi deftly turned the tables.

    My thoughts are that Soon Yi most likely duped her way into Mia’s life and lied about her age while she plotted quietly away in the corner and Mia was too busy taking on other children. They need to trace Soon Yi back to where they got her, because something about that girl is offff!!

    Woody might know and she knows whats up with Woody so they stay in that marriage to protect each other

    Reminds me of Wendy Deng..Rupert Murdochs wife and her shenanigans

  24. 49
    loll Says:

    regardless if he did or didn’t, woody looks like a major creeper and a perv. he needs to fix that wonky eye, so gross.

  25. 50
    wtf?? Says:

    @miapocca: ?????An 8 year old from korea (or 8ish they dont know her real age) duped her way in?? Hate soon yi all you want but acting crazy like this is not helping your point. Mia chose her. Soon yi probably did have bonding issues coming from her background but to think in korea she was plotting something is just …wow, no words.

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