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Woody Allen Responds to Dylan Farrow's Sexual Abuse Claims

Woody Allen

Credit: Photo by: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Years later, Woody Allen continues to deny allegations that he sexually molested his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow. Over the weekend, the now 28-year-old wrote an open letter in the New York Times regarding the claims her mother, Mia Farrow, made against the famous director in their 1993 custody case.

“When I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house,” Dylan wrote. “He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me.”

In the letter, she continued to detail her “haunted” past, expressed her disdain over the recent celebration of Woody’s life (he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes and was nominated for an Academy Award), and explained why she’s finally decided to speak up. “The survivors of sexual abuse who have reached out to me  — to support me and to share their fears of coming forward, of being called a liar, of being told their memories aren’t their memories — have given me reason not to be silent, if only so others know they don’t have to be silent either,” she revealed.

Shortly following the letter was published, Woody issued an initial response. “Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful,” his spokesperson said. “He will be responding very soon.”

In the 90’s, a judge found that the evidence against the sex abuse charges was inconclusive, and Mia never filed criminal charges. “At the time, a thorough investigation was conducted by court appointed independent experts,” the spokesperson added. “The experts concluded there was no credible evidence of molestation; that Dylan Farrow had an inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality; and that Dylan Farrow had likely been coached by her mother Mia Farrow. No charges were ever filed.”

From this statement, it looks like there’s more defense to come.


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