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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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  • Reba

    Does anyone else think it strange he doesn’t actually deny molesting her in his statement? He never comes out and says “I did not molest my daughter.” That’s what makes me raise an eyebrow^.

  • lol

    Fade back into obscurity Dylan the souless ginger nobody. The innocent Woody Allen and his immense talent will be celebrated for decades to come ….lol.. that’s gotta hurt….you had no effect as proxy for your insane mommy….you have made yourself a joke by identifying yourself as, and being consumed by, the role of pretend victim. Pathetic loser..

  • @reba

    can you read?? the first sentence of the last paragraph says just that.

  • Kera

    I don’t believe him for a second. I believe Dylan. Also, why would you marry the girl who was adopted by your ex wife at 8 years old and who is sister to your own children and now their step-mother? That is screwed up. He is an entitled jerk who has been told for way too long how much of a genius he is. People like that think they are invincible. he is a jerk. He did it. it is very clear.

  • Anon Survivor

    I think it is awful that people think examining a child physically or even mentally will lead to an abuse discovery. Are you kidding? I was molested as a child and there were no physical scars nor would I have ever admitted to it if any had asked me at 9 years old. I was so ashamed of it. I believe Dylan and I pray that one day Karma will get Woody Allen so he can pay for what he has done. In a way, he is already paying for it. All the money in the world cannot save him from his disgusting behavior including his marriage to his wife’s adopted daughter. Dead giveaway people.

  • Team Woody

    Call him any childish name you want . Falsely accuse him of anything under the sun. Project on to him 24/7. He IS and will ALWAYS be considered a genius of film making.

  • Big Fan

    Always loved “Annie Hall” and “Manhattan”, “Love and Death” too— Classics

  • @155

    I am sorry that happened to you but this is about Woody/Mia/Dylan and people are projecting their experience on this experience.
    Each should be examined on its own.

    Not every accusation is real.

  • keith

    The records prove she was a legal adult when the affair with Soon Yi started. Most grown older men I know would love to screw a twenty year old, but not a seven year old. You are sick and obviously your dad put his putz in your mouth. Now you see the devil in every face that is accused, see?

  • keith

    You are lying. Soon Yi was of adult age when Mia suggested Woody start taking her places, because the real stepfather wasn’t good. You need to seriously shove a piece of burning fire iron in your mouth for not getting your facts straight, jerk. Every grown man would screw a 20 year old girl. Not a seven year old.

  • soon yi’s words

    pass this on to those that say he was her father

  • Mmmmmmm

    One eye open and one eye closed…..he has been stressful through the years. I wonder for what reason? Children tend to suppress memories from child hood because they cannot comprehend what transpired. This suppression of memories become evident as an adult. One can reminisce about a situation and now make sense of it!

    If a child cannot be believed, then perverts will get away with molestation!
    Listen to children! Listen to children! Listen to children! Listen to children!

  • @162

    so glad I live in a country where innocent until proven guilty is the name of the game.

    btw: finally saw Blue Jasmine today. It was a great movie and I hope it wins.

  • tastyjane

    @samantha: Wouldn’t you be in a blind rage if your boyfriend of 12 years runs off with your daughter? I don’t blame Mia for her anger. He just keeps brining her into to deflect his guilt. I am really does anyone expect him to or another pedophile “yeah I did it” There is a serious problem in Hollywood. The stars are afraid to say anything because they want to be in his movies. It’s really sick. I think he should be charged with it.. There should be no time limits on child abuse cases. He has even said himself inmthe past nobody would be shocked if he was with 15 twelve year olds. He said it himself. No one will touchhim because they get paid off. I wish more people had balls to fight against there hollywood big wigs with their deviant acts.

  • time to chop wood

    He’s lying

  • tastyjane

    @Angela: Mia would be long over Woody by now, if she was making it up I don’t think she would ever let it be brought up again, but if itreallly happened it would not be something anyone would forget. This was only brought to light because her tormentor is being honored. I would have brought it again too. It’s like being abused again. Woody is a pervert and is a molester. I am very scared for his current children, Somebody should take those children to a child psycologist. I bet then he would get locked up.

  • tastyjane

    @@80: Well if she was lying she would have said he was to make it look worse but she didn’t. So I doubt she is lying about anything.

  • tastyjane

    @o-o: People like you are either paid off and paid to say these stupid things. Anybody looking at this objectively knows Woody is guilty and a pedophile.

  • time to chop wood

    dr leventhal lied too because they are both jewish
    i can tell who the jews are on this thread
    if woody gets the award it will confirm the jews in are dishonorable and unjust
    they can’t cover this up anymore and get away with it.

  • tastyjane

    @stella: Wow you are a disgusting human being. Woodyy and Soon yi are tthe sick losers.

  • time to chop wood

    woody’s jewish son is also a dishonest, dishonorable liar who is too closely identified and enmeshed with his father’s jewish cronies
    i bet his son has molested a few girls too.

  • tastyjane

    @she was coached: Dr Leventhal was paid off by Woody. The DA said they had enough to charge Woody but did not wnt to traumatize Dylan further.

  • @171

    shows how much you don’t even read…
    Moses who is on woody side is not jewish.
    ronan- is the mama’s boy- he bio son (until proven otherwise with a dna test)

  • Jubuns

    Everyone who supports and believes Allan Stewart Konigsberg’s memoir of a fictional fantasy is going to be held accountable among those when his “reputation” is that of a convicted child rapist. Konigsberg is a perverted man who has made a career out of exploiting woman, crafting roles that pin them as sexualized one-trick whores, who were under his fatherly eyes every minute the camera rolled. When he is finally rotting in his grave, everyone in Hollywood will shun this man for the beast he truly is.

  • tastyjane

    @jakson: I agree his children do not look happy at all.

  • time to chop wood

    moses is a jewish name and moses is jewish
    he is the only child with a jewish name from that marriage.
    moses identifies with the sick twisted jews who are unjust unholy scum because his unattractive neurotic father is a wimpy whiny cowardly jewish bully
    woody is a loser, look at him. he knows he is a loser. don’t feel sorry for him.
    you can just tell by looking at him he is a molester

  • @176

    lol he didn’t chose his own name!!!!!
    you aren’t worth the time to argue with …..good luck with your hateful rants.

  • tastyjane

    @lol: OMG is this what you would llike for people to say about your child if they were molested?

  • tastyjane

    @Domino: We are siding with the victim

  • Dave Infinger

    @GGGive: I believe Dylan Farrow and anyone with a brain believes her too. I want to see someone make up a million T Shirts that say, “I believe Dylan Farrow.”

  • Dave Infinger

    I believe Dylan Farrow. Anyone who has looked honestly at the evidence knows that Woody Allen is a pervert and she be locked up and put in jail.

  • Dave Infinger

    @Dave Infinger: and Allen should be locked up and put in jail. correction from the above statement.

  • Xavier_G_Mertz

    @remember da truth: Well said. Incredible isn’t it, how some otherwise forward thinking people, seem oblivious to the fact that they’re revealing their own, presumably unconscious, racist and sexist biases by both infantilizing Soon-Yi, as well as stereotyping her as the poor, passive, little Asian girl.

  • time to chop wood

    someone said mia ‘couldn’t stand on her’, as in, get work in hollywood.
    well, it is highly likely that the jews who run hollywood blacklisted her because they don’t want to be exposed for their criminal adherence to a child molester who happens to be jewish.
    how many jews have they covered up for besides woody?
    another example is the jewish director polanski who molested a young underage girl in a hot tub.
    i was disappointed when natalie, the jew, from the movie ‘black swan’ supported polanski. she should have known better but because of her jewishness she didn’t care. all she cared about was that he is a jew. she didn’t care as a woman or a human being. she should be ashamed of herself.
    i think you will note that it was all a preponderance of jews who came out in support of polanski, merely because he is jewish.
    the jews are racist and discriminatory and they are breaking the laws of the land. they are breaking hiring and employment practices laws. for example with mia. they are supporting child molesters, only because they happen to be jewish, so somehow its ok in their sick twisted racist inhumane demented neurotic minds because they are jewish.


    to me it looks like a cover up by the jews.

  • Racist remarks

    @time to chop wood: I am not Jewish, but I find your remarks very offensive. You have continually made Jewish racist remarks. You should be ashamed of yourself. I truly hope you don’t consider yourself a Christian, because you are obviously not if you have that much hate for a race.

  • time to chop wood

    dirty little secret you should learn: you should be offended because jews hate christians.

  • time to chop wood

    dirty little secret you should learn: you should be offended because jews hate christians.

  • sniff test

    if it smells like a jew it is.

  • to the offended person

    grow a thicker skin

  • Billy

    “I’m open-minded about sex. I’m not above reproach; if anything, I’m below reproach. I mean, if I was caught in a love nest with 15 12-year-old girls tomorrow, people would think, yeah, I always knew that about him.” Allen pauses. “Nothing I could come up with would surprise anyone,” he ventures helplessly. “I admit to it all.”

    Woody Allen in an 1976 interview with People magazine

  • Racist remarks

    @to the offended person: No, I am not Jewish. But I believe in respecting people of all creeds, colors and religions. It’s the only way this human race is to survive. Hate is not the answer. I pray for you. You’ll be happier without so much hate. Peace.

  • Soon-Yi’s truth

    “Please don’t try and dramatize my relationship with Woody Allen. He was never any kind of father figure to me. I never had any dealings with him. He rarely came to our apartment before his own children were born. Even then, he never spoke and the truth is I never cared that much for him. He was always preoccupied with work and never talked to me. [...] My own father is Andre Previn, who came to visit pretty often and took us all out frequently. When I first got friendly with Woody, he and Mia were finished with their romance and were just friends. I think Mia would have been just as angry if he had taken up with another actress or his secretary. Mia was always very hot-tempered and given to rages which terrified all the kids. They can’t speak freely because they’re still dependent on her. But they could really tell stories and I’m sure one day will. [...] The business of him molesting Dylan is so ridiculous that I won’t dignify it with a comment. Why Dylan repeats her story is another matter, and a sinister one. I was not surprised that Mia made a videotape of Dylan saying these terrible things as I think the motive is obvious, but I was stunned that the tape would somehow find its way to the TV news. [...] I don’t think you can raise 11 (and soon she will have 13) children with sufficient love and care. Take it from one who’s lived through it-it can’t be done. Some of us got neglected, some got smothered. Anyhow, there’s problems. I could say many devastating things about Mia, but I will only do it if I must in a court. From the beginning of their conflict, which I know Woody broke his neck to avoid for the kids’ sake, I have refrained from commenting, but when Mia brought up child molestation and then had her sisters and mother and kids and friends parade out in public and do her dirty work for her, climaxing with that tape of Dylan being given out, I felt I had to speak at this point. I’m not a retarded little underage flower who was raped, molested and spoiled by some evil stepfather-not by a long shot. I’m a psychology major at college who fell for a man who happens to be the ex-boyfriend of Mia. ” – Soon-Yi Previn, 1992.

  • remember da truth

    If Dylan were so concerned with “justice”, she could have filed criminal charges. She never did because she knew it wouldn’t stand up in court, or her under oath.
    No one else has EVER accused Allen, an easy target after all this, with molestation. Molesters don’t just do it once, ONE INCIDENT even, and then never again.
    Notice what people say who believe Dylan — they don’t like his looks, can’t understand what Soon-Yi saw in him, felt he cheated on Mia. NONE of those things have any bearing on the truth.

  • matti

    Seeing as Woody is wholly innocent, the jew comments are just entertainment and a lame attempt to win an argument . Not a lover of “the tribe” either . Devoted and talented artists of any race or religion are greatly appreciated though.

  • Shauna

    Both of the parents are suspect….but when you talk about having a fantasy of 12 year girls in an orgy or you lust after and marry your step daughter…you have to question what his mindset is….

  • all my children

    this is a good read on ALL of Mia’s kids.
    I think the ones she adopted were not treated as nice and a maid testified she treated her like a slave. Soon Yi said something similar

  • Ken


    So, he’s a “claustrophobe.” Couldn’t have been in the attic. At least that’s what he said until he was told his hair had been found up there. Then he said, yeah, well, maybe a few times. How many lies does a man have to be caught in before you start to question his credibility? It’s true. False accusations have been levelled against others. But the one and only judge to hear all the evidence in this case found it compelling and found Woody to be completely without credibility.

  • Ken

    @remember da truth:

    On the contrary, there is *absolutely* evidence he was a pedophile. Look up the one court decision related to this matter from the NY Supreme Court in 1993 ruling on WA’s custody motion the week after he was accused of molesting Dylan. The trial judge found and details substantial evidence of WA’s inappropriate attraction to and behavior toward’s Dylan long predating the specific alleged assault in the attic.

  • @198

    no, that behavior toward dylan was not sexual. Look up the details.
    If anyone- and mia especially- thought it was sexual at that time she would have charged/accused him then.
    that is one of the things VF and others are throwing out there and they don’t have the whole picture and already have their mind made up.

  • Believethekids

    Sick and perverted and UGLY..inside and out. Liar!! Nothing in it for Dylan to lie. You go girl….stand tall for all the silenced intimidated controlled girls and women out there. WISH he was rotting in Roman (another scumbag) Polinski. Hey Hollywood…you can have him. Maybe he can babysit your kids…….