Woody Allen Offers 'Tired' Excuse for Molestation Accusations

WoodyAllenWoody Allen's adopted daughter Dylan's accusation that he molested her as a 7-year-old has been tumultuous for so many reasons. For one, it spotlights the horrible crime of child molestation. For two, it brings up questions of credibility -- and whom to believe. There are those who adamantly believe Woody (such as Barbara Walters) and those who adamantly believe Dylan. But one person in this mess isn't getting much sympathy, and that is Mia Farrow, Dylan's mother and Woody Allen's former longtime girlfriend and mother of his three children (two adopted and one biological).

Now Woody's lawyer, Elkan Abramowitz, has appeared on Today to say that Mia is behind this whole thing, accusing her of "implanting" the ordeal in Dylan's mind.

Abramowitz said:

I think it's part of Mia Farrow's desire to hurt Woody Allen. His reaction is one of overwhelming sadness because of what has happened to Dylan. She was a pawn in a huge fight between him and Mia years ago. The idea that she was molested was implanted in her mind by her mother. [Dylan]'s not lying, she truly believes this happened. That's what the vice of this is -- when you implant a story in the mind of a fragile 7-year-old ... it never goes away.

I try to think back to when I was 7 years old. Frankly, I cannot imagine anyone telling me to say something like that -- and then me actually saying it. And not only saying it, but sticking to the story for the next 20 years.

Granted, children do unfortunately occasionally get strong-armed into making false accusations. Take the woman who accused her father of raping her when she was 9. According to her, her drug-addicted mother threatened to beat her unless she told those lies. But the daughter almost immediately recanted when she was taken away from the mother's grasp and felt safe living with her grandmother. Unfortunately, the man remains in prison despite even the mother admitting she forced her daughter to lie.

Mia being held up as some sort of scornful, vengeful woman is horrible. Sure, she was pissed because her longtime companion began having a sexual relationship with her daughter -- wouldn't YOU be?!

But do you really think that this woman, who has adopted eleven children, including ones with severe handicaps, is going to permenently emotionally damage one of her kids for a little revenge? Lawyer Lisa Bloom writes how blaming the mom is a "tired, common strategy for those accused of sexual abuse."

Not to mention that Dylan wrote in her New York Times essay that Mia said something incredibly brave and loving to her. She wrote:

At one point, my mother sat me down and told me that I wouldn’t be in trouble if I was lying -- that I could take it all back. I couldn’t. It was all true.

Many have brought up elements from Mia's past (such as her youthful marriage to Frank Sinatra; her affair with Andre Previn, etc.) to discredit her. Mia sometimes doesn't help this reputation. There was really no reason to suggest in Vanity Fair that Woody's son, Ronan, might not be his, but Frank Sinatra's. If he is Frank's kid, just say so, don't drop coy hints.

So Mia is hardly perfect. But when you put her life up against most people's, she's a lot more perfect. This is a woman who works tirelessly for the poor, the handicapped, the abused and forgotten.

Allen makes great movies. And, at least according to Barbara Walters, he's a great dad to his two kids with Soon-Yi. But why is he considered so much more credible than Mia just because he makes movies? Like people who are talented can't be shitheads?! (Check out Pola Kinski's memoir about her famous dad, who she says was raping her the entire time the world was fawning over him for his incredible talent.)

And why is Woody sending his lawyer out to do the talking for him? Could it be because he might say something idiotic like he did when he tried to "defend" his relationship with Mia's daughter? ("I didn't find any moral dilemmas whatsoever," he said of beginning to sleep with the daughter of his son's mother. Gee, that wasn't worth a little heads up?)

I do not know what happened that day. But I do feel for Mia Farrow. I feel for Dylan. I feel for this entire family.

Do you think Mia is somehow "behind" everything?

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Frost... FrostyMelted

I don't know if she's behind it all, but I think very little of her. Based on the choices she's made, her judgment seems questionable.

Hello07 Hello07

Maybe if he hadn't have slept with his step daughter and married her he wood have some more credibility.

He knew Soon-Yi since she was a child. He is sick.

nonmember avatar AquarelaDeBalfo

Uh, Mia makes movies too. 2) Mia adopted 11 not 5 children, having 15 total and 3) Woody adopted 2 children with Soon-Yi, would any adoption agency permit an accused child molester to adopt? A lot of people who know her have said Mia has an obsession with adopting children. 15 children and no husband, maybe she does have some issues.

Nelli... NellieAthome

Would an adoption agency let an accused child molester adopt? Obviously since the accusation against Allen were made before he adopted with Soon-Yi. Being a celebrity can make all that stuff go away, people do not want to believe that celebrities do things like that.

But let's look at the Allen overall picture - Soon-Yi was approximately 8 years old in 1980 when Allen became her mother's permanent boyfriend, a father figure to her and Farrow's other children. He adopted two children (Soon-Yi's brother and sister) with Farrow and had a biological child (Soon-yi's brother) with Farrow. At some point he started a relationship that included nude pictures of a female for whom he had been acting as her father since she was a child of 8.. So even if he waited until she was 18 to actually have sex with her he was having sex with a child 37 years his junior (55 to her 18), a girl he was an authority figure to and  while still having sex with the girl's mother.

If it were anyone other than Woody Allen does anyone truly think that anyone would defend a man taking advantage of his girlfriend's daughter, to whom he had been a father figure since the child was 8 years old?

I believe he abused Dylan and probably Soon-Yi as well before she was of age. it would not surprise me at all if 15 years from now we get exposes from his two adopted daughters with Soon-Yi alleging he abused them and Soon-Yi looked on since he has obviosuly groomed Soon-Yi from childhood to obey him.

Jai Hutto

NellieAthome: I agree. 
I'm willing to bet  my next paycheck that Dylan isn't the only victim. 

April... AprilJune

"If it were anyone other than Woody Allen does anyone truly think that anyone would defend a man taking advantage of his girlfriend's daughter, to whom he had been a father figure since the child was 8 years old"

Thank you. Point made. It's not hard to believe that a man who began a sexual relationship with his girlfrend's daughter might have also made sexual advances towards her other daughter. Like everyone else,  I don't know what actually happened, but I wouldn't be staking my reputation by defending a man with that kind of history.

nekoy... nekoyukidoll

while I do believe false accusations of abuse do happen, I am inclined to believe Dylan.

MamaD... MamaDV1012

The whole thing is horrifying and I sincerely hope the truth comes out and people realize the severity of the situation.  It is unbelievable that it is acceptable for a grown man to fall in love with a thirteen year old adopted step daughter and then later marry her.  Why is it surprising that there is an abuse allegation from another one of the adopted step daughters?  It's Roman Polanski all over again. 

I think we all should boycott any Woody Allen film.  Stop giving him awards.  Stop defending him Hollyweird. 

This is a really good article on the whole thing: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/02/woody-allens-advantage-how-the-law-protects-celebs-accused-of-abuse/283595/

Also read Dylan's letter.  It is chilling and so specific. 

nonmember avatar TryThinking1956

He didn't do anything to his daughter. Why do I say that? The day after she initially made the accusations against him, she called him to find out "when [they] would begin filming an upcoming movie together". As soon as he told her she was nuts, and he'd hired another actress...she went to the DA. Also...remember, he was NOT Soon Yi's "stepfather". He wasn't married to Farrow, they NEVER lived together, and he made it clear to her that he wasn't a "father figure" for her other kids. Was it wrong for him to be with his children's adopted older sibling? Yes. Was he a "child molester"? No. Is Mia Farrow a monster for poisoning her kid's minds against their father? Absolutely. Was she a faithful partner? Apparently not - since Ronan (the only kid she gave birth to when she was with Allen) is Frank Sinatra's baby, but she passed him off as Allen's for years and years. They should have been on Maury instead of in Court!

nonmember avatar Judith Brown

When the accusations first became public more than 20 years ago I saw Mia on a talk show talking about this very issue and I can remember having this gut reaction "she is not telling the truth." I have never changed my mind. Even today reading about her taping of her child's "story" makes me sick to my stomach. I suggest you read it also. Yes, I do think she implanted these memories in Dylan and she ruined her entire family because of her jealousy. And, for her to be stupid enough to hurt him once again by suggesting Woody's only biological child was not his but Frank's should be enough to convince anyone she is still to this day attempting to destroy him. Don't understand why you don't see this. Pretty clear to me.

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