Writer, director, and actor Woody Allen has responded to abuse allegations made by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, now 28, in an open letter posted to The New York Times website.
In the 900-word letter, Dylan, whom Woody adopted with former long-time girlfriend Mia Farrow, states that her dad sexually abused her in an attic when she was 7-years-old.
In a statement released by Woody’s rep, the 78-year-old vehemently denies the allegations. “Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful. He will be responding very soon,” reads the statement.
“At the time, a thorough investigation was conducted by court appointed independent experts,” the rep continues. “The experts concluded there was no credible evidence of molestation; that Dylan Farrow had an inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality; and that Dylan Farrow had likely been coached by her mother Mia Farrow. No charges were ever filed.”
Accusations against the actor first surfaced in the wake of Woody’s affair with Mia’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, who was 19-years-old at the time.
Woody Allen & Soon-Yi
After a Vanity Fair article last November stirred up the allegations again, Dylan decided to comment on the abuse for the first time “only so others know that they don’t have to be silent either,” she writes.
Her brother Ronan Farrow, Woody’s only biological child, also repeated the allegations earlier this year, after the filmmaker was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes.
“Missed the Woody Allen tribute — did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?” the 26-year-old wrote via Twitter.
Mia Farrow & Woody Allen with son Ronan (left) and daughter Dylan
It wasn’t until February 1st that Dylan publicly spoke out about her abuse, 21 years after the fact.
“Woody Allen was never convicted of any crime,” Dylan writes. “That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up.”
Woody currently has two adopted daughters with Soon-Yi who are now 14 and 13-years-old. The director had attempted to gain custody of his three children with Mia, which also included adopted son Moses, when the couple split in 1992, but was denied.
The Oscar winner recently stepped out with his two daughters amidst the renewed allegations.
Woody Allen with adopted daughters Bechet & Manzie
Read Dylan Farrow’s full letter at nytimes.com.