Woody Allen finally speaks out and hits back at claims he abused his daughter

dylan-farrow-woody-allen-600x450Woody Allen defended himself on Friday against claims of child abuse after weeks of renewed and increasingly vicious speculation over allegations that he molested his adopted daughter.

He accused ex-partner Mia Farrow of being spiteful and malevolent and publicly denied being a child abuser. His harsh words for Farrow came in an open letter published online by The New York Times.

The 78-year-old filmmaker said Dylan Farrow’s open letter published last week included ‘creative flourishes that seem to have magically appeared during our 21-year estrangement’.

At the time of the breakup of their 12-year relationship more than two decades ago, Mia Farrow accused Allen of molesting Dylan. Allen has consistently denied the abuse allegation. In the letter he raises the findings of a panel of experts used during the investigation into the claims, who also found no evidence of abuse.

The director, who said the letter will be his final word on the matter, added that he still loved his daughter and missed being a part of her life.

Allen claimed in his letter that the then seven-year-old Dylan was coached by Mia Farrow. He wrote:

‘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.’

He explained how Connecticut Police employed the services of the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital to try to verify her claims.

‘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.’

He quoted the panel as saying: ‘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.’

The group put forward to formulations as to why the claims had been made, suggesting they were ‘made up by an emotionally vulnerable child … responding to stresses in the family’ or ‘was coached or influenced by Ms Farrow.’

Allen also quoted his son, Moses, as saying: ‘My mother drummed it into me to hate my father for tearing apart the family and sexually molesting my sister … Of course Woody did not molest my sister. She loved him and looked forward to seeing him when he would visit.’

article-0-1B2370F800000578-864_634x423Dylan Farrow with her parents Mia Farrow and Woody Allen in 1987. The filmmaker claims his ex-partner coached their daughter into accusing him of abuse

 

Dylan Farrow claimed in her open letter that Allen abused her in 1992 at the family’s Connecticut home. She quickly rebutted his claims on Friday, saying: ‘His op-ed is the latest rehash of the same legalese, distortions, and outright lies he has leveled at me for the past 20 years.’

She accused her adopted father of trying to ‘discredit and silence’ her, and said she was sticking by the claims she first made when she was seven years old.

Dylan Farrow thanked the public for their support after breaking her silence on the sexual abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of her adopted father Woody Allen, as the director’s lawyer accused Dylan’s ‘vengeful’ mother Mia Farrow of ‘engineering’ the sensational claims.

However Dylan Farrow, now living in Florida and using a different name, has not escaped criticism. Some commentators have accused the 28-year-old, who also goes by the name Malone Farrow, of cynically timing her accusations to thwart her former adoptive father’s chances of winning an Oscar for his critically acclaimed film Blue Jasmine.

Wow! This is a lot of he-said, she-said mess. I can’t even have an opinion on who did what and who is lying. There’s obviously so much anger and bitterness in this family.

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