The world awaits Woody Allen‘s response to renewed allegations that he molested his adopted daughter in 1992 — but Allen has already responded, during an interview that year in which he said Mia Farrow foreshadowed the event, telling him, “I have something very nasty planned for you.”
Dylan Farrow’s blog post accusing Allen of sexually assaulting her in the family’s Connecticut home has brought an outcry because it was the first time she personally detailed the claims. But there was little new about the allegations themselves, which first arose during a custody dispute between Allen and former girlfriend Mia Farrow, when Dylan Farrow was 7.
During a 1992 “60 Minutes” interview, Allen gave a response he could just as easily offer today.
“A gigantic industry has been built on a total non-event, and when I say total non-event, I mean total non-event. It wasn’t — it wasn’t as if, you know, I tickled my daughter or something and much has been exaggerated. I’m saying nothing at all,” he said.
Allen noted that he was alleged to have molested Dylan Farrow while in the middle of a feud with Mia Farrow. Allen and Farrow adopted the girl.
“I’m 57,” Allen told “60 Minutes.” “Isn’t it illogical that I’m going to, at the height of a very bitter, acrimonious custody fight, drive up to Connecticut where nobody likes me in a house — I’m in a house full of enemies. I mean, Mia was so enraged at me and she had gotten all the kids to be angry at me, that I’m going to drive up there, and suddenly, on visitation, pick this moment in my life to become a child molester?
“It’s just — it’s just incredible,” he said. “I could have — if I wanted to be a child molester, I had many opportunities in the past. I could have quietly made a custody settlement with Mia in some way and done it in the future. I mean — you know, it’s so insane.”
Allen also said Mia Farrow hinted weeks before the allegations arose that she was plotting to hurt him.
“Several weeks before it happened, Mia called me on the phone and said, in the course of an argumentative phone call, she said, ‘I have something very nasty planned for you.’ And I said, ‘What are you going to do? Shoot me?'”
He also said she told him, “You took my daughter, and I’m gonna take yours.” Allen’s relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, Mia Farrow‘s daughter with Andre Previn, capsized his relationship with Farrow.
Allen’s attorney said on “Today” this week that Dylan Farrow was a pawn of her mother, who had been “implanted” with a false memory at a young age.
The New York Times is in the midst of reviewing a piece written by Allen responding to the one Times columnist Nicholas Kristof posted from Dylan Farrow on his blog. In the meantime, we can consider what Allen said in 1992.