Woody Allen Denies Sex Abuse Claims In Letter
Film director Woody Allen has again denied he molested adopted daughter Dylan Farrow - claiming the allegations were the product of an acrimonious custody battle with his ex-wife Mia Farrow.
Allen's rebuttal in The New York Times comes a week after the 28-year-old raised 20-year-old allegations in an open letter in the newspaper.
Dylan wrote that she was sexually assaulted in 1992 at the age of seven after she was adopted by Allen and Farrow.
But the 78-year-old filmmaker said Dylan's letter includes "creative flourishes that seem to have magically appeared during our 21-year estrangement".
He added that he felt Dylan may have been coached to make the allegations during his bitter break-up with Mia.
Recalling the accusation first made in 1993 he said: "I naïvely thought the accusation would be dismissed out of hand because of course, I hadn't molested Dylan and any rational person would see the ploy for what it was.
"Common sense would prevail. After all, I was a 56-year-old man who had never before (or after) been accused of child molestation.
"I had been going out with Mia for 12 years and never in that time did she ever suggest to me anything resembling misconduct."
He split with Mia in 1992 following the discovery of an affair between Allen and Farrow's adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn when she was 19 or 21. The pair later married.
He added: "Of course, I did not molest Dylan.
"No one wants to discourage abuse victims from speaking out, but one must bear in mind that sometimes there are people who are falsely accused and that is also a terribly destructive thing."
Dylan's letter caused uproar last week, reawakening a case more than two decades after it made headlines.
She claimed Allen led her to a "dim, closet-like attic" at their Connecticut home before sexually abusing her.
She added in the letter: "For as long as I could remember, my father had been doing things to me that I didn't like.
"These things happened so often, so routinely, so skillfully hidden from a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it was normal."
Some have challenged Dylan's account, most notably her 36-year-old brother, Moses Farrow. He told People magazine this week that "of course" Allen didn't molest Dylan Farrow, which she called "a betrayal".
Allen said his open letter "will be my final word on this entire matter and no one will be responding on my behalf to any further comments on it by any party".
He ended the letter by saying: "Enough people have been hurt."
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