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Woody Allen wrote an op-ed column in the New York Times, claiming he did not sexually abuse his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was 7 years old.
Last weekend, Dylan Farrow wrote an open letter, which the Times published, about being sexually abused by the famous director. Allen has denied the claims many times over the years and he puts most of the blame for this story on his ex-partner Mia Farrow, claiming she negatively influenced Dylan.
“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," Allen began his op-ed.
Dylan accused Allen of sexually molesting her in their attic when she was only seven. She wrote the piece after the filmmaker received the Golden Globes lifetime achievement award.
Since Dylan’s letter was published, there have been debates about whether the public should separate his art from his personal life. Some think Mia is bitter about the controversial breakup between herself and Allen, especially 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’s brother, Moses defended Allen, saying 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 told 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 his 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?” Allen wrote.
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 here.
UPDATE: Dylan's rep sent a statement to The Wrap, calling Allen's op-ed "the latest rehash of the same legalese, distortions and outright lies he has leveled at me for the past 20 years."
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