Woody Allen has responded to Dylan Farrow‘s TV interview in which she reiterated her claims he sexually assaulted her as a child.
The director’s adopted daughter has long claimed that he sexually assaulted her in 1992 when she was seven years old. Allen was investigated that year, but no charges were brought against the filmmaker, who has always denied the claims.
After the interview aired on CBS This Morning earlier today (January 18), Allen released a statement to CBS News in which he again denied the allegations. “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,” it read. “They both did so many months and independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place.”
It continued to again claim that Mia Farrow, Dylan’s adoptive mother and Allen’s then-wife, had coached the child to “tell the story” because she was angry after having discovered the director’s affair with her other adopted daughter Soon Yi Previn.
“It seems to have worked – and, sadly, I’m sure Dylan truly believes what she says,” it read. “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.”
In the interview, Farrow said she had decided to speak on TV about the alleged assault because of the new wave of support for victims of sexual harassment and abuse, as seen with the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
“It was very momentous for me to see this conversation finally carried into a public setting,” she said. “Because I have been saying this – I have been repeating my accusations unaltered for over 20 years and I have been systematically shut down, ignored, or discredited. If they can’t acknowledge the accusations of one survivor how are they going to stand for all of us?”
After interviewer Gayle King showed an old clip of Allen defending himself over the allegations, Farrow said: “He’s lying and he’s been lying for so long, and it is difficult for me to see him and to hear his voice.”
She added: “What I don’t understand is how is this crazy story of me being brainwashed and coached more believable than what I’m saying about being sexually assaulted by my father.”
Actors have begun to denounce working with Allen since the launch of the Time’s Up initiative. Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig, who worked with him on 2012’s To Rome With Love, expressed regret and said she would “not work for him again“. Rebecca Hall and Timothée Chalamet, who star in Allen’s next film A Rainy Day In New York, have both said they are donating their fees for their appearances to charity.