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Woody Allen responds to Dylan Farrow’s allegations: I never molested my daughter

Filmmaker Woody Allen has dismissed his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow’s, sex assault claims saying he “never molested her”.

hollywood Updated: Jan 19, 2018 11:26 IST
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Woody Allen,Rebecca Hall,Colin Firth
This file photo taken on November 14, 2017 shows Woody Allen attending the Wonder Wheel screening at Museum of Modern Art in New York City. (AFP)

Filmmaker Woody Allen has dismissed his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow’s, sex assault claims saying he “never molested her”.

Allen’s reaction comes after Farrow gave her first public TV interview about the claims hoping that appearing on camera would convince people she was telling the truth.

In his response the filmmaker has accused Farrow of “cynically” using Hollywood’s Time’s Up movement to renew her claims of sexual assault, reported Entertainment Weekly.

This file photo taken on March 30, 1993 shows director and actor Woody Allen making his way to the courthouse in New York with his former attorney Elkan Abramowitz. (AFP)

“When this claim was first made more than 25 years ago, it was thoroughly investigated by both the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare. They both did so for many months and independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place... Dylan’s older brother Moses has said that he witnessed their mother relentlessly coaching Dylan, trying to drum into her that her father was a dangerous sexual predator.

“It seems to have worked – and, sadly, I’m sure Dylan truly believes what she says. But even though the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time’s Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation, that doesn’t make it any more true today than it was in the past. I never molested my daughter – as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago,” Allen said in a statement.

Allegations against the Oscar-winning director were dropped by state prosecutors in 1993 but Farrow repeated them in an open letter in 2014, claiming he had molested her in the family home when she was seven.

Allen again denied these accusations, writing in The New York Times in 2014. However, in light of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and other men in Hollywood, Farrow penned an op-ed in The Los Angeles Times that called out actors who have worked with Allen and not denounced him over her claims. Several former collaborators of the director - Rebecca Hall, Colin Firth, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page - have expressed regret at working with him and have vowed to never appear in a Woody Allen film again.

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First Published: Jan 19, 2018 11:25 IST