Dylan Farrow Fires Back at Woody Allen Defense: ‘Legalese, Distortions, Outright Lies’

Dylan Farrow Fires Back at Woody Allen Defense: 'Legalese, Distortions, Outright Lies'

Director blasts ex Mia Farrow in New York Times, suggesting she orchestrated the whole scandal

Woody Allen responded on Friday to daughter Dylan Farrow's accusations of childhood sexual abuse in a New York Times op-ed — the same publication in which Farrow made the claim a week ago.

“Of course, I did not molest Dylan,” Allen wrote in the response.

But Dylan Farrow immediately responded with her own counterclaim, saying: “Nothing he says or writes can change the truth.”

Allen claimed the entire scandal was orchestrated by Dylan's mother, Mia Farrow, with whom the director was in a lengthy relationship that ended bitterly in 1992, and that their children together – Ronan, Moses, and Dylan Farrow – had all been “exploited” by their vengeful mother.

Also read: Woody Allen's Adopted Daughter Details Sexual Abuse in New York Times Essay

“I loved [Dylan] and hope one day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a loving father and exploited by a mother more interested in her own festering anger than her daughter’s well-being,” Allen wrote.

The director even questioned whether Dylan Farrow wrote the open letter that appeared in the New York Times on Saturday.

“One must ask, did Dylan even write the letter or was it at least guided by her mother? Does the letter really benefit Dylan or does it simply advance her mother’s shabby agenda? That is to hurt me with a smear,” he writes.

Also read: Dylan Farrow's Brother Defends Woody Allen Against Sister's Sexual Abuse Claims

“There is even a lame attempt to do professional damage by trying to involve movie stars, which smells a lot more like Mia than Dylan,” Allen adds, referring to a line in Dylan's letter that directly calls out actors including Allen regular Diane Keaton and Cate Blanchett, who is in the running for Best Actress at this year's Academy Awards for her performance in Allen's “Blue Jasmine.”

The scandal has been an uncomfortable one for all of Hollywood. Allen was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes in January, which prompted Mia Farrow to tweet that she would be turning off the broadcast.

Son Ronan sent a tweet blasting the Globes for honoring his estranged father: “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?” Ronan Farrow wrote on Jan. 13, referring to Dylan's accusations.

Also read: Dylan Farrow Responds to Backlash – and Brother's ‘Evil’ Betrayal – Over Woody Allen Sex Abuse Allegations

Stars have weighed in on the sensitive subject as best they could. Barbara Walters gave an ardent defense of Allen on ABC's “The View” this week, saying he is “a good man,” while “View” guest Rosie O'Donnell, herself a victim of sexual abuse, said she firmly believed 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,” Allen wrote, adding that the op-ed would be his final word on the matter.

Dylan Farrow wrote, through a spokesman:

Once again, Woody Allen is attacking me and my family in an effort to discredit and silence me – but nothing he says or writes can change the truth. For 20 years, I have never wavered in describing what he did to me. I will carry the memories of surviving these experiences for the rest of my life. 

His op-ed is the latest rehash of the same legalese, distortions, and outright lies he has leveled at me for the past 20 years. He insists my mother brought criminal charges – in fact, it was a pediatrician who reported the incident to the police based on my firsthand account. He suggests that no one complained of his misconduct prior to his assault on me – court documents show that he was in treatment for what his own therapist described as “inappropriate” behavior with me from as early as 1991. He offers a carefully worded claim that he passed a lie detector test – in fact, he refused to take the test administered by the state police (he hired someone to administer his own test, which authorities refused to accept as evidence). These and other misrepresentations have been rebutted in more detail by independent, highly respected journalists, including this most recent article here:  http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2014/02/woody-allen-sex-abuse-10-facts.

With all the attempts to misrepresent the facts, it is important to be reminded of the truth contained in court documents from the only final ruling in this case, by the New York Supreme Court in 1992. In denying my father all access to me, that court:   

  • Debunked the “experts” my father claims exonerated him, calling them “colored by their loyalty to Mr. Allen”, criticizing the author of their report (who never met me) for destroying all supporting documentation, and calling their conclusions “sanitized and therefore less credible”. 
  • Included testimony from babysitters who witnessed inappropriate sexual behavior by my father toward me.
  •  Found that “there is no credible evidence to support Mr. Allen's contention that Ms. Farrow coached Dylan or that Ms. Farrow acted upon a desire for revenge against him for seducing Soon-Yi. Mr. Allen's resort to the stereotypical ‘woman scorned’ defense is an injudicious attempt to divert attention from his failure to act as a responsible parent and adult.”
  • Concluded that the evidence “…proves that Mr. Allen's behavior toward Dylan was grossly inappropriate and that measures must be taken to protect her.”
  • Finally, the Connecticut State prosecutor found “probable cause” to prosecute, but made the decision not to in an effort to protect “the child victim”, given my fragile state.

From the bottom of my heart, I will be forever grateful for the outpouring of support I have received from survivors and countless others. If speaking out about my experience can help others stand up to their tormentors, it will be worth the pain and suffering my father continues to inflict on me. Woody Allen has an arsenal of lawyers and publicists but the one thing he does not have on his side is the truth. I hope this is the end of his vicious attacks and of the media campaign by his lawyers and publicists, as he’s promised. I won't let the truth be buried and I won't be silenced.

  • Martin B

    “Nothing he says or writes can change the truth.” True dat. Whether or not what he says is the truth or a lie, the truth remains unchanged. She wins this round.

  • Stuart W

    On whose score-card ace? The “word” of a disturbed child and a spiteful mother. Dylan's own sibling has refused to support her nor the muckraking Mia.

  • BobQSoss

    Uh oh, Woody, she's bring up documented facts now. If several third parties start calling her and her mother, “a couple well-known anti-Semites,” maybe that would shut her up.

    • CMD

      Her facts aren't documented. In fact a tabloid website recently did published confidental findings based on the inveatigators that were not flattering of Mia and Dylan Farrow. Moses told you the truth and he is dismissed. If Mia and Dylan Farrow were sincere gow in the world would support Roman Polanski? Why would you remain silent about your now convicted brother of sexual abuse? Why would want abuser or child molester in you and your daughter's life (Dylan Farrow own deposition in the custody case and Mia Farrow correspondence with Allen)? Why not pursue criminal charges??? Why wait until he leaves you for your daughter (a relationship she admits forcing in her book). So everybody is in on the conspiracy? Two jurisdictions? Mia Farrow can't even deny the Valentine card from 20 years ago. Let it go.

      • rocianacaliente

        Don't you find it odd that he married Mia's 19 y/o adopted when he was old enough to be her father? It smells as if Woody had one, and couldn't keep it in his pants!

        • CMD

          Nothing odd. Mia Farrow is the one who forced the relationship. Because Allen and Soon-yi had no contact. He never viewed her as his daughter. Mia and Allen were never married and didn't live together. Mia was the only one trying to force a father daughter relationship were the two never viewed it as such. More evidence of delussion and fantasy. And what in the world does any of it have to do with sexual abuse claims on a 7 year old child. She should talk to her brother.

          • scottrose

            The genesis of Woody and Soon-Yi's relationship and then marriage is indeed unusual, disturbing even, and yet, Soon-Yi should be presumed to have the right to now be happily married, which to all appearances, she is.

          • CMD

            The only thing odd is that has been discussed two decades ago and seems a generation of people who were too young or not even born have formed opinions on the internet. The guy isn't in hiding like Farrow's buddy Polanski, he has defended himself, gone on with craft and goes to every Knick game like used to do with Mia. It doesn't matter if Mia friends described her as vindictive a trait she has since getting on Peytons Place but continued it with Sinatra, Pervin and Allen. She nows admits to having affairs while dating Allen and possible paternity and child support fraud as Allen talked about yesterday. She physically assaulted Soon-yi and Allen. We are now in a culture of guilty until proven innocent and even then we degrade. What's next go after Derek Jeter for dating 19 years that are introduced to him?

  • virginia

    I find it odd that Dylan talks of how Allen has been trying to discredit her for years. I've certainly not heard him utter a peep about this in decades until this sorry spectacle erupted, courtesy of tweets, Vanity Fair fawning, and Nick Kristof renting out his column to a friend's daughter. I don't think the young lady is doing herself any favors or furthering any greater cause. I suspect that many people will turn their backs on her brother's upcoming TV show. I know I will. I have no idea what happened or did not happen in that attic. BUT I don't like seeing folks accused of horrific crimes by those who don't have the gumption to take it to court before expiration dates make that impossible. Allen seems self-absorbed and childish but the three Farrows here — Mia, Ronan, and Dylan — appear pretty unsavory and publicity hungry.This latest response from Dylan is particularly unconvincing. I've had enough and I hope they either deal with their complaints via whatever legal channels may still be available, if any, or learn to deal with their myriad issues in private. And Kristof has proven himself to be a grade-A, number one ding-a-ling. Not the NYTs finest hour. Rape-culture, victim-culture, celebrity skin — whatever. Own your life and make a stand where it counts if you want to feel better. The media ain't your friend, girl.

    • scottrose

      I agree that Kristof's and the Times’ editors violated journalistic ethics in hopes of increased page views. They have contaminated the Times’ integrity. Had Dylan's essay been submitted to the op-ed pages via the conduit of Kristof, and then published without any introduction from him, that would have been one thing. But he did not make full disclosure about his long, very close relationship with Mia Farrow, who can be considered to have “groomed” him for just such a moment as this. Because he's been listening to what Mia has to say about the matter for years and years, (without ever subjecting her claims to any rigorous examination, and while letting himself be seduced by her, if not in a romantic way) he lost all impartiality. He seems to have lost a sense of fairness in making such serious allegations. And, the attempted smear against Cate Blanchett and other actors is completely inappropriate, and should not have been published by the Times.

    • Judy Hill

      You couldn't be more wrong. Dylan Farrow has used the media to garner support for herself, and focused attention on the uphill battle victims of pedophiles face in the US court system. I commend her courage in finally coming forward! Woody Allen and his publicist would be better off following your advice – the media ain't their friends. In fact, I know more about every aspect of the custody battle, the abuse allegations, the defense, and more than I ever wanted to know about Woody Allen's pedophilia fetish because of Allen's PR campaign to smear his children and his ex.

  • scottrose

    Dylan has impeached herself as a witness on numerous occasions, and in fact, that was one of the reasons there was no criminal trial: an unreliable witness, who told one of the experts who interviewed her at the time “I like to cheat on my stories.” Moreover, when her brother Moses Farrow recently alleged that when he was younger, Mia Farrow beat him and brainwashed him, and that he later overcame the brainwashing, Dylan lashed out, saying that he was lying and that he is “dead” to her. So she is a hypocrite, furious if anybody is skeptical of her account, and yet cavalierly saying that her brother is lying about their mother beating him and flying into towering rages against him. Being a child victim of domestic violence is no better than being sexually molested (they are both horrible, and no child deserves either). For Dylan to call Moses a liar because of his account of being beaten by their mother should give everybody pause to consider HER character.

  • Anon

    We're with you, Dylan! Also, why hasn't anyone brought up the child porn photos Mia found that WOODY ALLEN took of Soon-Yi? And famously went on to MARRY that victim?

    • Damn-Deal-Done

      Because there was no child porn photos. The photos of Soon-yi were when she was either 19 or 21. After they had started a consensual, adult relationship. Please learn to read more on a subject before commenting and looking stupid by getting basic facts wrong.

  • Thetruthisinfrontofyourface

    I find it absolutely horrifying how many people sit here and defend Woody Allen. Victims of sexual abuse suffer from the shame of it their whole lives. It NEVER EVER goes away. Imagine this was your child? Your sister, your daughter, yourself? This girl has probably had years of therapy just to function. Now imagine that being amplified and broadcast around the world because of the high profile of the parties involved. It's so easy for all of you to sit behind your computers and judge, however, the actions of the man speak the truth. He MARRIED his adopted daughter. That speaks volumes. You speak of technicalities, and call that justification for this behavior. “I don't know what happened in the attic?” “Who knows what happened?” She told you! She told you after it happened and told you in detail 20 years later. What more do you want! Defame her character, defame her mothers, however it seems to me she's telling the truth. And his actions back it up. He adopted a child and then married her. Period. End of story. Then when Dylan tells her story everyone jumps all over her because Woody Allen is SOOO respected and admired. Please. He's a horrible terrible person. Evil. So keep watching his movies, maybe next time it will be your kid he touches. You're the PROBLEM.

    • casey

      Soon-Yi Previn was not the adopted daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, but of Mia Farrow and Andre Previn. And if you gasp at the age difference, consider this, Mia Farrow was only 19 when she was dating a much older Frank Sinatra, who in fact might be the biological father of Mia's son, Ronan. How come you haven't brought this up? Or the fact that she may have cheated Allen out of years of child support? Or the fact that Farrow's own brother is a convicted child molester? Or that Mia still is friendly to an actual convicted child molester, Roman Polanski? Even her son, Moses, now a practising Family Counselor, has admitted to Mia berating the children and striking fear into them, causing them to stir up such a tyrannical hatred towards Allen. In my opinion, Mia is an emotionally traumatized woman who endured a painful and harrowing break-up and child custody battle. In doing so, she scarred her children. There is zero substantial evidence to attack Allen. He co-operated with Police, took a Polygraph, passed and went on with his life. As should we all.

      • Xavier

        And the poster you replied to in hyberbole says that everyone jumps all over her, . . no a lot of people jumped to support Dylan, even before more details were presented by both sides. Also there are so many people misrepresenting, if not outright wrong about the details, who's a biological versus adopted, saying Allen and Farrow were married when they never were, citing one evidence but discounting or not counting another. Some people enter both sides with either a bias or a lack of foundation. This matter should not be playing out in the court of public opinion, which it is, and not enough are sitting in judgement without bias on either side. Some of them seem one step away from causing harms themselves, I've read posters talking up what they do and its scary that they feel they are judge, juror and executioner.

      • CH Smoot

        There is no such thing as a “lie detector test.” There is no scientific evidence to show that a “polygraph,” (i.e., a measurement of breathing pattern, blood pressure and heart rate) is in any way an effective method of detecting deception. It doesn't matter who “administers” the “test,” whether it's a law enforcement agency or Woody's own employee – polygraphy is a pseudo-science, no more valid or reliable than reading tea leaves.

      • Candice

        he passed the polygraph of HIS choosing,refused the Professional one honored by the police and courts. The affects of child molestation live with those children forever. Yes there are extenuating circumstances between he and Mia, but that should not diminish Dylan's claims. Which may or may not be true, but at least give her and other children the right and the voice to make those claims and have them investigated to the inth degree , for the sake of all children. BTW Soon Yi was a child and underage, when she came of age he married that victm.

    • Damn-Deal-Done

      No you are the problem for failing the grasp even the most basic of details about this case and Woody Allen's life. It seems like there are two camps. One forming a mob party attacking Woody and the other is those simply correcting the omission of basic details in the mobs posts. Mob mentality is for the weak of mind. Pathetic and stupid. Well done.

  • Brian Kaplan

    Oh come on, isn't it abundantly clear by now that Malone (ne: Dylan) Farrow has been conscripted by her mother; either consciously or unconsciously. This a spiteful and vengeful attack on Woody Allen who has been maligned and attacked for a crime he is completely innocent of. The only one in the family who doesn't have a dog in this fight is Moses who says with complete conviction and 100% certainty that he was actually there that day and there is no truth whatsoever to Malone's accusations. The fact is people carrying their own baggage about the horrible crime of molestations are projecting their own issues onto Woody, but to hold him guilty in the court of public opinion when he's clearly innocent is to do a horrible disservice to all of those who have genuinely suffered such a truly heinous crime. Malone needs to fess up the truth so real child molesters can get the justice they deserve and the world can see Mia for the monster she is.

  • Greg Wall

    Note her claim of “Legalese.” The whole case of Mia's cult is based on the Judge's ruling from 93 in the custody case. No charges were brought against Allen, which means your dealing with raw evidence (and the judge's bias is overwhelming) that was never put to any real legal test. Her claims are about smearing someone in a fashion that would never stand up to the tests of “legalese.”

  • Xavier

    Problem is some people on both sides accept without or with little evidence based on their own personal bias, and that means a lot of people don't look at nor care about the details. They'll lynch one or the other based solely on emotion, not evidence, and that's a few steps from pitch forks, torches and oops if evident later. This is a family matter that's playing out in the court of public opinion, and frankly, there shouldn't be a time limit to this playing out solely in court, because if true, it needs legal justice and if false, it needs to stop being slanderous/libelous and stoking fires. Already Mia/Allen/Ronan/Dylan and Moses are at odds.

  • margie

    He is an evil man. Has everyone forgotten that he took child porn pictures of Soon-Yi. If he had really considered himself her father, how in the hell did he wind up marrying her when she was an adult. That is sick.

    • Damn-Deal-Done

      Photos were from when she was 19. They were in a relationship. She consented to the photographs. He was not her father. Her father was Andre Previn. Please read up on basic facts before commenting. You just come across as stupid.

      • I believe Dylan Farrow

        You're awful defensive with such insignificant details to use as deflection. Makes one wonder if you have the same Allen tendencies. He poisoned the girls mind all/most her childhood life and groomed her for marriage. She might as well have been 10 in the pictures. Same sick outcome. Not being blood related is no excuse to sexually abuse a child in some sick sense of courtship!!

        Please have some logic and sense of morals before you post something “uninformed” yourself.

        • Damn-Deal-Done

          He really didn't groom her, even Mia would say the same. You should learn the basic facts before even considering commenting on any subject.

          I'm not sure what part of me providing clean, substantiated facts in a non emotional or biased way would suggest I have no logic or morals. My comment doesn't even suggest I have a side.

          Well done, you look rather silly.

  • Klaus Laubmayer

    Would you trust a persons ever who has sex with your and his adapted daughter.
    She was 18 Years and all what he was doing for a wile was thinking how he can get her in bed. This is not a process of days or month.

    • Damn-Deal-Done

      Oh dear. Learn to read. Soon-yi was the adopted daughter of Andre Previn and Mia Farrow. Woody didn't live with Mia or spend a night there. Why must we keep on having to repeat this? why can't you learn to read up on basic facts before commenting so you don't look stupid?

      • damnisdumb

        Damn-Deal-Done,
        Wow you must be the only intelligent person on here since you continue to scan these comments so you can call everyone “stupid” if they don't agree with your position on Woody Allen. Who cares if Allen wasn't Soon Yi's adopted father or that Allen and Farrow weren't married? He knew Soon Yi since she was 11 while he was in a relationship with HER mother. Pretty disgusting set of facts in and of themselves. I'm sure many single mothers who have serious boyfriends (and young daughters) would be sickened to think of their boyfriends casting lecherous eyes at their pre-teen daughters. Pedophiles do that all the time — date the mother to get to the daughter. Haven't you read Lolita? Probably not. You sound too “stupid.”

        • I believe Dylan Farrow

          Thank you! Sent this to “stupid one” up there too:)

          You're awful defensive with such insignificant details to use as deflection. Makes one wonder if you have the same Allen tendencies. He poisoned the girls mind all/most her childhood life and groomed her for marriage. She might as well have been 10 in the pictures. Same sick outcome. Not being blood related is no excuse to sexually abuse a child in some sick sense of courtship!!

          Please have some logic and sense of morals before you post something “uninformed” yourself.

        • Damn-Deal-Done

          What ever side you take, not getting the basic facts correct helps no one, not even Dylon. Just because you find them disgusting doesn't mean you can distort them and then go onto attack someone who simply presented them. So before attacking me try understand that very basic concept.

  • Mark O'Blazney

    Dang, this is how the world's ending up, too. Historical re-writes with no solid proof.

  • mvs

    Mr. Allen is dead to me as a filmmaker and a human being.
    I will no longer read or comment about him.

  • helenhavlin

    “Who knows what happened?” She told you!

    Are you high? Since when does an accusation make something true?

  • UseLogic

    Virginia (below),
    If you'd have read past your own prejudices and foregone conclusions, you would know that the case was “taken to court” but the D.A. declined to prosecute based on Dylan's fragile nature at that time, thinking it would do more harm than good. Allen's guilt is evidenced in at least three ways: 1) The pornographic pictures he took of his current wife while she was still his adoptive daughter and left laying about which is how Mia learned about the affair in the first place with the date placing them questionably close to her “legal” birthday – pedophiles ALMOST ALWAYS take pictures unless they are just out and out rapists and don't have time to grab a camera. How long had he been “grooming” her before that? She is not an especially pretty or attractive woman or bright or talented or even well-dressed or well turned-out (as opposed to all the “women” Allen had previously had relationships with, not at all someone likely to have ever otherwise had a relationship with Allen or be able to share in his world. Rather, she looks like someone who would be hired as a companion or to take care of him The only things she had going for her – her much younger age and the fact she was an adoptive daughter (forbidden fruit); 2) If you look through Allen's movies there is a theme you can see about how underage women are a turn-on, even one in which he plays a character in the movie with an underage girlfriend/actress (one of the Hemingway girls); 3) He married his adoptive daughter – I think mainly to shut everyone up plus as long as they are married she can never testify against him. The brother who is the male therapist who disputes Dylan — wow, it must be nice for him to be getting all this publicity and maybe even included in his now elderly father's will and invited to all the parties! I bet you didn't think O.J. Simpson killed his wife either. Just because certain celebs have attractive personas and are in the public eye doesn't make them nice people. Mia is culpable for a lot of things but Dylan is a grown woman now, responsible for herself. And don't punish the other brother, the one who was the Rhodes Scholar and the up and comping MSNBC Host otherwise you are falling on your own sword, punishing someone for their right to exercise free speech.

  • arrow

    Woody Allen is a child molester. He is not in jail because of his money. The Court record says grossly inappropriate. I thought that the other girl he married was only 14 when he was taking photos of her. I refuse to watch anything that man puts out! His MOVIES suck a$$ anyway. God will have the final say anyway. Cut and print. Free Soon- Yi from his old balls!