I did not molest Dylan: Woody Allen

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 February, 2014, 4:48am
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 February, 2014, 4:48am

Film director Woody Allen denied molesting his daughter and launched a furious attack on his ex-partner Mia Farrow, blaming her for the abuse allegations.

In a nearly 2,000-word op-ed in The New York Times, Allen castigated his former partner over shocking allegations detailed by their daughter Dylan in the same newspaper last week.

"Of course, I did not molest Dylan," he wrote, adding that he had "loved" the girl he adopted with Farrow during their 12-year relationship that broke up in enormous acrimony.

"I 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."

Allen,78, also addressed reports that Ronan Farrow may be Frank Sinatra's son, not his.

"Granted, he looks a lot like Frank with the blue eyes and facial features, but if so what does this say? That all during the custody hearing Mia lied under oath and falsely represented Ronan as our son?" the director asked. "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?"

Allen said he raised the matter to "call attention to the integrity and honesty of a person who conducts her life like that", referring to the older Farrow.

In an open letter on a New York Times blog last Saturday, 28-year-old Dylan Farrow said she was molested by Allen as a seven-year-old, detailing the alleged abuse for the first time in her own words.

Allen left Farrow after starting a relationship with the actress' adopted daughter from a previous marriage, Soon-Yi Previn.

A judge who presided over the 1994 custody battle between Allen and Farrow ruled that the abuse allegations were inconclusive, but lambasted the director as "self-absorbed, untrustworthy and insensitive".

A police investigation did not result in charges.

"Could it be any clearer? Mr Allen did not abuse Dylan; most likely a vulnerable, stressed-out seven-year-old was coached by Mia Farrow. This conclusion disappointed a number of people," Allen wrote, referring to himself in the third person.

The younger Farrow accused Hollywood of sweeping Allen's alleged crimes under the carpet by honouring his films.

Allen won a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes in January and his latest film Blue Jasmine is up for three Oscars.

Writing in the Times, Allen said experts from Yale University concluded he had not molested Dylan. She had added "creative flourishes that seem to have magically appeared during our 21-year estrangement," Allen wrote.