Woody Allen Responds to Dylan Farrow With His Own NYT Piece

Woody Allen issued his own response to Dylan Farrow in the New York Times on Friday. He staunchly defended himself by bringing up points like his claustrophobia and Mia Farrow’s hatred towards him. He started off by claiming it was all a ploy and used the old, “if you were a rational person, you’d see it for what it is,” argument.

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.

Allen implied that Mia coerced Dylan into saying she was molested by taking her out for some ice cream.

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.

He goes on to note again how there was no evidence against him and that the DA even decided not to prosecute based on the lack of evidence.

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.”

You can read the whole thing here. It’s an interesting read and points out how much this is a he said/she said situation. Was Dylan molested? There’s definitely evidence to suggest it. But then again, there’s definitely evidence against it as well. There’s no way anyone is ever going to figure out the truth unless one side gives in, so, as much as each side wants to vilify the other, this is pretty much going to be a stalemate until the end of time.

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8 years ago

Read the Vanity Fair piece about “10 Undeniable Facts About the Woody Allen Sexual-Abuse Allegation”

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