Woody Allen asked New York Times to publish response to Dylan Farrow’s letter

By Daniel S Levine,

For the past week, Woody Allen’s alleged sexual abuse scandal has been back in the news after his alleged victim, Dylan Farrow, wrote a letter published in the New York Times about her experience. Now that many have spoken for and against the director, he has asked that his own response be published by the Times.

The explosive letter from Farrow, Allen’s shared adopted daughter with Mia Farrow, was published on Sunday. The next day, Allen’s lawyer issued a short statement, calling the accusations “engineered by a vengeful lover” and that he “read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful.” In the statement, his lawyer said that he is working on a longer response.

That response may wind up in the same paper that published Farrow’s letter. The New York Times has reported that Allen did contact them, editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal confirmed.

However, Rosenthal said that there is no guarantee that the letter would be run, noting, “It comes down to the editing process” as this is a highly unusual case.

“Normally, we don’t publish a direct response” as an OpEd, Rosenthal said. “In this case, it was so personal, we thought that we should.”

As the world waits for this new response, others have been digging into Allen’s previous comments on the situation, which allegedly happened in 1992. As TheWrap notes, Allen did do a 60 Minutes interview at the time.

Allen and Mia Farrow had a falling out after he began an affair with her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. Allen and Soon-Yi married in 1997.

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