Dylan Farrow the adoptive daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen has responded to Woody Allen’s open letter that was penned by the famous filmmaker to absolve him of the molestation charges his estranged daughter has accused him of.
As we previously reported, the ongoing battle of he said she said started by Mia Farrow in 1992 after Dylan Farrow opened up to her about the alleged sexual abuse she endured by her adoptive father Woody Allen. While the allegations were largely ignored by the media, years later it’s now at the center of Allen’s legacy, after Dylan came forward due to his Cecil B. DeMille honoring at this year’s Golden Globes.
After a week of the media storm that both sides have had to endure following Dylan Farrow’s open letter, Allen responded in an open letter published by New York Times:
Of Dylan Farrow’s allegations, Allen stated that she included, “a few little added creative flourishes that seem to have magically appeared during our 21-year estrangement.”
“Of course, I did not molest Dylan,” Woody Allen wrote. “I loved her 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.”
In her original open letter, Dylan Farrow recounted horrific early memories of being abused by the Blue Jasmine filmmaker.
“When I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me.”
Due to Allen’s accusations that Mia Farrow has put Dylan up to tarnishing his reputation, and the overall denial of the molestation charges, Dylan Farrow has come back swinging in a second open letter in an attempt to clear up some confusion.
“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.”
Farrow called Woody Allen’s rebuttal a “rehash of the same legalese, distortions, and outright lies.”
In order to back up her word, Dylan provided a bullet point rebuttal that matches up with the piece that was run by Vanity Fair which is titled “10 Undeniable Facts About the Woody Allen Sexual-Abuse Allegation.”
The list that adds to Dylan Farrow’s case against Woody is as follows:
- 1. Mia never went to the police about the allegation of sexual abuse.
- 2. Allen had been in therapy for alleged inappropriate behavior toward Dylan with a child psychologist before the abuse allegation was presented to the authorities or made public.
- 3. Allen refused to take a polygraph administered by the Connecticut state police.
- 4. Allen subsequently lost four exhaustive court battles—a lawsuit, a disciplinary charge against the prosecutor, and two appeals—and was made to pay more than $1 million in Mia’s legal fees.
- 5. In his 33-page decision, Judge Wilk found that Mr. Allen’s behavior toward Dylan was “grossly inappropriate and that measures must be taken to protect her.”
- 6. Dylan’s claim of abuse was consistent with the testimony of three adults who were present that day.
- 7. The Yale-New Haven Hospital Child Sex Abuse Clinic’s finding that Dylan had not been sexually molested, cited repeatedly by Allen’s attorneys, was not accepted as reliable by Judge Wilk, or by the Connecticut state prosecutor who originally commissioned them.
- 8. Allen changed his story about the attic where the abuse allegedly took place.
- 9. The state attorney, Maco, said publicly he did have probable cause to press charges against Allen but declined, due to the fragility of the “child victim.”
- 10. I am not a longtime friend of Mia Farrow’s, and I did not make any deal with her.
The only thing that’s consistent about this case is Dylan Farrow’s unwavering conviction. In her original open letter, she acts as a vessel of strength for other victims:
“This time, I refuse to fall apart. For so long, Woody Allen’s acceptance silenced me. It felt like a personal rebuke, like the awards and accolades were a way to tell me to shut up and go away.”