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Woody Allen: “Of Course, I Did Not Molest Dylan”




Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Movies, Features,

Woody AllenAlthough Woody Allen is known for keeping out of the media spotlight, the reignited child molestation accusation against him has compelled him to seek a platform in The New York Times.

The 78-year-old filmmaker responded to his daughter Dylan Farrow's open letter from last weekend (in the same publication he offers his defense, no less) in which she confirmed for the first time as an adult that he sexually abused her when she was 7.

In the piece, Allen reaffirms his innocence, offering anecdotes aimed at painting his ex-partner and Dylan's mother Mia Farrow as a vengeful lover (not unlike what his lawyer has claimed): "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."

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The Blue Jasmine director went on to address Mia Farrow's suggestion in last November's Vanity Fair that her son Ronan Farrow - Allen's supposed biological son - might have actually been fathered by her ex, Frank Sinatra. "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 continued.

Allen concludes his letter hinting at a wishful thinking reconciliation between him and 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." He also stated at the end that he won't be saying anything else about the subject and that this is his final word.

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