Woody Allen denies molesting Dylan Farrow and blames Mia Farrow

The New York Times has published an article by director Woody Allen telling his side of the story in a public fight with his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.

It's a searing attack on his former wife, Mia Farrow.

In a piece entitled "Woody Allen Speaks Out", he writes that he doesn't doubt that Dylan believes she was molested, but claims that she was "taught by a strong mother to hate her father because he is a monster who abused her".

He claims that the area in which the alleged abuse took place, an attic, "was poorly chosen". That's because Allen claims to be a "major claustrophobic".

"Of course, I did not molest Dylan," Allen maintains. "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 also devotes a paragraph to his son Ronan, who has been one of Allen's harshest critics.

Recent reports have suggested that Ronan is actually the son of Mia Farrow's former lover, Frank Sinatra.

"Granted, he looks a lot like Frank with the blue eyes and facial features, but if so what does this say?" Allen writes. "That all during the custody hearing Mia lied under oath and falsely represented Ronan as our son? Even if he is not Frank’s, the possibility she raises that he could be, indicates she was secretly intimate with him during our years. Not to mention all the money I paid for child support. Was I supporting Frank’s son? Again, I want to call attention to the integrity and honesty of a person who conducts her life like that."

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A. MacInnis
Interesting and believable, but for me the tipping point lies in Mr. Allen's art. Twice in film, in Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989 - four years before the alleged molestation) and in Match Point (2004) he has made films which take as their theme someone literally getting away with murder, and going completely unpunished - by conscience, God or the law. Since so much of Woody's art seems autobiographical and confessional in nature, I've often wondered what in his life inspired these two films, and why, if there isn't some personal/ confessional element to them, he would choose to revisit the theme twice in his cinema? Once, I was prepared to accept as art, but with Match Point, I strongly came to believe that Woody was trying to tell us something, make his audience complicit in some sort of self-purgation. Maybe he *didn't* molest Dylan, but based on these two films, I'm pretty sure he's done SOMETHING morally repugnant that weighs on him...
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Lay off it
Allen is a genius and Mia has been single for way too long. This is stupid petty stuff to even comment on. I can't wait to see his latest film and have enjoyed all his others very much.

He was always into Sook Yin. And still is.
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