Woody Allen wrote an op-ed column in the New York Times, claiming his innocence. Last week, his daughter, Dylan Farrow wrote an op-ed in the New York Times about the times she was sexually molested by Allen. Allen has denied the claims many times over the years and he puts most of the blame on his ex-partner, Mia Farrow for negatively influencing Dylan.
Allen told his side of the story to New York Times where he starts off the op-ed by saying, “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.”
Dylan Farrow accused Allen of sexually molesting her in their attic when she was only seven years old. She wrote the piece after the filmmaker received the Global Globe’s lifetime achievement award.
Since Dylan’s letter was published, there have been debates whether the public should separate his art from his personal life.
Some think that Mia is bitter about the controversial breakup between her and Allen, after she discovered that Allen was cheating on her with her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi who was 19 at the time. Allen has been married to Soon-Yi for 16 years and they have two adopted children of their own.
Dylan Farrow’s brother, Moses defended Allen saying that his father did not molest Dylan.“My mother drummed it into me to hate my father for tearing apart the family and sexually molesting my sister,” Moses tells People magazine. “And I hated him for her for years. I see now this was a vengeful way to pay him back for falling in love with Soon-Yi.”
Allen also reiterates many times in the piece that Mia is behind all of the accusations.
“Not that I doubt Dylan hasn’t come to believe that she’s been molested, but if from the age 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?”
He concludes the op-ed by saying, “Of course I did not molest Dylan. This piece will be my final word on this entire matter and no one will be responding on my behalf on it by any party. Enough people have been hurt.”
You can read the entire op-ed on the New York Times website.