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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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@Lexi: Twisted minds..as long as Previn is concerned SHE DOES NOT EXIST..She might want to legally change her name her new fathers name Soon Yi Allen

Mia is a bitter old hag. She will go to any lengths to express her bitterness, even stooping to using her brainwashed kids. What a loser her and Dylan are.

@Lexi: Yes he was. He’s a pedophile!

I am disgusted to see how many people here support a child predator. I hope none of their family members have to go through the pain of being molested. Is Mia bitter? Of course she is. She was betrayed by a man she trusted, the father of her children. He molested not only Dylan but also Soon Yi, but it’s Dylan the victim who’s finally coming forward. She is an example of bravery for all the people that have been molested. Tell your story for that may help many children’s lives. Money and fame can’t blind me! I am proud of you Dylan Farrow!!!

groundcontrol @ 02/08/2014 at 7:14 pm

@Patty:
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Take it back to your mothership with the rest of your fantasies of perversions which you normally aim at the Jolie Pitts and their children.
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Now you want to continue the lie that Allen molested Soon Yi. Jeez, some of you people are so emotionally invested in this story that you will say anything to cling to an accusation which was never proved and was rejected by the authorities as not worthy of a prosecution.

let it go @ 02/08/2014 at 7:23 pm

Woody Allen was cleared of these charges years ago. He passed a lie detector test and Mia refused to take one. The evidence was pretty clear that Woody was falsely accused by Dylan and Mia. Time for both of them to move on.

@let it go: No he wasn’t. The lie detector test was never admitted as evidence because Woody paid for it himself. Stop blaming the victims. Time for the pedophiles to be punished.

she was coached @ 02/08/2014 at 7:29 pm

Doctor Cites Inconsistencies In Dylan Farrow’s Statements :
The doctor who headed the Connecticut investigation into whether Woody Allen molested his 7-year-old daughter, Dylan, theorized that the child either invented the story under the stress of living in a volatile and unhealthy home or that it was planted in her mind by her mother, Mia Farrow, a sworn statement released yesterday says.
Dr. John M. Leventhal, who interviewed Dylan nine times, said that one reason he doubted her story was that she changed important points from one interview to another, like whether Mr. Allen touched her ******. Another reason, he said, was that the child’s accounts had “a rehearsed quality.” At one point, he said she told him, “I like to cheat on my stories.”
Dr. Leventhal said: “We had two hypotheses: one, that these were statements that were made by an emotionally disturbed child and then became fixed in her mind. And the other hypothesis was that she was coached or influenced by her mother. We did not come to a firm conclusion. We think that it was probably a combination.”
The doctor acknowledged that “We don’t have firm evidence that Miss Farrow coached or directed Dylan to say this.”
Dr. Leventhal’s remarks were part of a sworn statement made on April 20 and entered into evidence in Mr. Allen’s lawsuit to gain custody of Dylan and the couple’s two other children. A transcript of the statement was made public yesterday, after editing by both sides to remove some of the most sensitive material.
The custody trial will conclude this week, with closing arguments beginning today.
Dr. Leventhal headed the hospital team that was asked by the Connecticut State Police to investigate the claim that Mr. Allen molested Dylan last August at Miss Farrow’s summer home in Connecticut. The team told Mr. Allen and Miss Farrow on March 18 that it had concluded that Dylan was not molested, but the transcript gives the first look at the thinking behind that finding.
Dylan’s statements in interviews at the hospital contradicted each other and the story she told on a videotape made by Miss Farrow, Dr. Leventhal said. “Those were not minor inconsistencies,” he said. “She told us initially that she hadn’t been touched in the vaginal area, and she then told us that she had, then she told us that she hadn’t.” ‘Intense Relationship’
The doctor suggested a connection between Miss Farrow’s outrage over Mr. Allen’s affair with her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Farrow Previn, and the accusation made by Dylan, who he said was unusually protective of her mother. “It’s quite possible — as a matter of fact, we think it’s medically probable — that she stuck to that story over time because of the intense relationship she had with her mother,” he said.
Even before the claim of abuse was made last August, he said, “The view of Mr. Allen as an evil and awful and terrible man permeated the household. The view that he had molested Soon-Yi and was a potential molester of Dylan permeated the household.”
Dr. Leventhal said it was “very striking” that each time Dylan spoke of the abuse, she coupled it with “one, her father’s relationship with Soon-Yi, and two, the fact that it was her poor mother, her poor mother,” who had lost a career in Mr. Allen’s films.
He also said it was possible that Miss Farrow encouraged her child to fabricate simply by videotaping her telling the story, because Dylan liked to perform.
http://www.nytimes.com/1993/05/04/nyregion/doctor-cites-inconsistencies-in-dylan-farrow-s-statements.html

@groundcontrol: You are a sicko. I love the Jolie Pitts. I adore them. Angelina saved the lives of Mad, Z and Pax, just like Mia did when she adopted her children, many of them with disabilities. Mia has many issues I agree, but she loves children.

Didn’t Mia’s brother, the police chief, recently got arrested for downloading child pornography and molesting kids? John Villers Farrow: arrested, tried and convicted in MD for sexual abuse of young boys. Was HE ever suspected of abusing Dylan? She was SEVEN years old. It is NOT unreasonable to question what a 28 year old says she remembers about an incident that happened when she was 7. A lot of falsely accused people are on death row. No one knows the absolute truth other than Woody, Dylan and probably Mia.

@she was coached: Most people believe Dylan.

she was coached @ 02/08/2014 at 7:44 pm

@Jani: So? Most people are dumb or naive too. Luckily we have a justice system in this country that, despite its flaws, is better than the witch hunt mentality on display these days.

not really @ 02/08/2014 at 7:52 pm

@111 depends on what site you are on. Woody has a lot of support as well.

Ok, I love woody allen movies. I think mia farrow seems like a really bitter person.
I read this letter and saw a lot of truth in it. I think he probably said what he had to say. I myself have been abused as a child and I know what domination and manipulation can do to a young person. And with mia farrow and her daughter, I see that mia is acting like an abuser (mental) and probably putting false memories in her brain. She seems dominating, both in her eyes and in her words. I saw her twitter account during the golden globes. It was really fishy to me. Exposing her hate for Woody allen through her daughter in her tweets on a hollywood night is really gross. Something as tragic as a child abuse must not be a headline or a vengeful tweet. If you want to talk about it, you do it personnally and you protect your daughter instead of using her as a tool for revenge when the person you are accusing is getting an award. That’s my point of view. I wasn’t there but I see a lot of lies and Mia saying those things on twitter is a very unprofessional way to do it. people around you have to support you if something happen, and when you speak, it has to come from you, not another person throwing it around on the internet. that’s why I thought it was suspicious on mia’s part. That’s how I see it. I don’t know mia in person but she did throw it out there for the world to see so….

is mia projecting her own fear and hate or was she abused as a child and projected it on her daughter? I think mia needs to find a criminal because maybe she never got to know who he was.

@Lo: yeah, i agree!

@MIa: i don’t know but i think farrow’s jealous or something. she contradicts herself and lies constantly. i don’t trust that at all.

lies, lies, lies @ 02/08/2014 at 8:16 pm

Mia Farrow has made it her life’s work to destroy Woody Allen and I would not be a bit surprised if she did in fact coach Dylan and plant false memories in her brain from an early age.
Collecting child support of a man you claim had molested your daughter(s) and who by the way wasn’t even Ronan’s real father is a big no no. As is approving a montage of his movies at The Golden Globes before going on a rant on Twitter, days before your daughter conveniently release a dramatic open letter.
- Let me remind you that Mia Farrow took 3 days to film her daughter’s account rather than promptly calling police and pediatrician is troubling on its face and feels emotionally abusive. And she had edited the footage before releasing it to the authorities.
- The statements by 2 nannies that they were pressured to support Mia’s version when their experience contradicted hers, to the point that one nanny resigned in protest.
- Moses’s statement about Mia’s brainwashing ways and the fact that he’s re-established connections with Woody Allen are suggestive of the emotional trauma suffered by that family.
- Dylan changed her story so many times the first time and looked like what she was telling them had been rehearsed with her mother.

No matter which side you come down on, none of this changes the FACT that the statute of limitations has expired on these alleged crimes and neither side is going to convince the other one. It’s like the whole world has been invited to the ultimate family Thanksgiving dinner meltdown and all most of us can do is sit uncomfortably, wait for both sides to shout themselves out and make small talk about how moist or dry the turkey is while making a mental note never to accept another invitation to one of this family’s gatherings again.

@lies, lies, lies: i agree with this, and I agree with Woody’s letter as well. It seams pretty clear to me that this was crafted by Mia Farrow to get back at him for leaving him. But the sad part is that Dylan who was a young girl (now a woman) was used in the process as a toy and a weapon against her father. All these allegations from Dylan and Mia are too scattered for me. It’s too much of a mise en scène.

I don’t think mia should direct actors, she’d be a really stupid filmmaker, all her actors would suck in her film. she’s already clumsy at giving directions to her daughter for the past 21 years, I don’t think she’ll get better at it.

Ronan/Satchel and Dylan/Malone’s problems started at least with their mother, Mia Farrow, changing their names. That act is so bizarre, so sick. Despite her advocacy for children, Farrow has her demons. I have never for a moment believed Mia Farrow’s claims. The tape she produced to investigators after Allen left her were proven to be doctored. She’s a professional actress who was bitterly scorned. Investigators have time and again said there was no evidence to produce criminal charges. They said there were too many inconsistencies in her story and that Dylan was obviously coached. Mia has had almost 2 decades to continue planting false memories. First it was that he touched her shoulder, then it was that he touch her elsewhere, then it was that he “went all the way”. He took a lie detector test and passed. She refuses to take one because she has clearly things to hide. I think we live in a culture where a woman can just accuse a man of such crimes and the public will crucify him so she plotted this as her revenge.
If you are so traumatized Dylan, please seek professional help. If you believe you have been victimized, please explore your legal options. That is how adults handle issues, not on social media to get attention from strangers.

Woody’s statement is filled with half-truths to make himself look better. Woody only married Soon-Yi to make himself look better. He can never divorce Soon-Yi because if he does, she might tell the truth about how old she actually was when he started having sex with her. I believe Dylan because Woody clearly had/has a thing for young girls. Even in his movies, he put inapproriate scenes with young teenage girls in some of them. And now he has only adopted little girls…

I’ve never seen any of his films and would never do so. Can’t stand him. He’s crazy going after his girlfriend’s daughter. He was like 40 years older than Soonyi. Makes me throw up in my mouth a little. I believe Dylan. Sickening. He should be locked up but all I can do as a consumer and moviegoer is blacklist him from my life 100%.

groundcontrol @ 02/08/2014 at 10:38 pm

@Patty:
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Patty, I apologize if you have not previously falsely accused Brad and Angie of perversions and if you are indeed a fan. You are however using the same techniques that those who do use. I am amazed that some JP fans can not see the irony of this whole thing.
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The facts do not exist to call Woody Allen a pedophile, an awful accusation. The case was investigated and concluded without any formal charges which means the evidence did not exist to so charge.
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People can think what they want but to publicly – even anonymously – post such heinous accusations without proof is heinous in and of itself.

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