Woody Allen Finally Has His Say About Dylan Farrow's Molestation Bombshell

Woody AllenWoody Allen has rebutted his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow's allegations of child molestation. Just like Dylan's original letter in the same outlet, The New York Times, the reception has been divided. On Twitter, some seem to believe the letter absolutely vindicates him. Others, however, feel it made him look terrible and proved Dylan's point about what a self-centered, narcissitic man he is.

The letter is steeped in outrage -- as you might expect from someone who says he has been falsely accused of something utterly heinous. He says he first heard accusations that he had molested Dylan in the aftermath of his break-up with Mia Farrow, which was particularly acrimonious given that he had begun a sexual relationship with Mia's adopted 19-year-old daughter, Soon-Yi.

He writes:

When I first heard Mia Farrow had accused me of child molestation, I found the idea so ludicrous I didn’t give it a second thought.

Many have pointed out that this is strange. You wouldn't give molestation accusations a second thought? Wouldn't you be furious? Scared? Something? But people react differently to different events, so ... Then he writes how he thought the entire thing would go away quickly:

Common sense would prevail. After all, I was a 56-year-old man who had never before (or after) been accused of child molestation ... I was in the blissful early stages of a happy new relationship with the woman I’d go on to marry ...  that I would pick this moment in time to embark on a career as a child molester should seem to the most skeptical mind highly unlikely.

Did the term "blissful early stages" make anyone else cringe? As he normally does, Allen dismisses out of hand -- or doesn't even acknowledge -- the absolute bombshell he dropped into the family by starting a secret romantic relationship with Mia's daughter and his children's sister.

This is where I think Allen's letter goes horribly astray. He never once acknowledges that this was a betrayal of the highest magnitude. He seems to truly believe that everyone should have just been overjoyed for his newfound love. Only a narcissist of the highest order could be so stubbornly obtuse.

Allen then goes on to quote selective parts of the investigation into the accusations, and for some reason repeatedly quotes his adopted son Moses' contention that the molestation never happened -- as if Moses would know?

Then he gets in some shots at Mia's character -- which is perhaps warranted, given that his own is being attacked. He also claims the molestation could have never happened in a small attic -- since he's "a major claustrophobe."

He ends with:

Of course, I did not molest Dylan. 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.

I don't think the letter will persuade anyone who didn't already believe him to his side, and vice versa. But I can't help going back to Woody's Time interview about Soon-Yi from 2001. The entire thing is one big lesson in how deep his denial can run. Asked by the incredulous reporter if he didn't think how Mia would react to his affair, he answered:

[Mia] would have thought more or less the same thing if it had been my secretary or an actress.


And as for the Mia's family?

These people are a collection of kids, they are not blood sisters or anything.

A "collection of kids"?!! As if all of these children just happened to wander into Mia's house one day and use it as a crash pad?

Being a tone-deaf narcissist -- which Allen certainly is -- doesn't make him a molester. But it does make him a fairly poor example of a human being. How odd given that his movies can be so tender and self-aware.

More From The Stir: Dylan Farrow Forced to Speak Out About Woody Allen All Over Again

Now that both sides have had their say, perhaps it is time to let this particular family's sad and wounded dynamics fade into the ether. At the end of the day, this isn't about us.

Does Woody Allen's letter persuade you one way or the other?

Editor's Note: Dylan has already responded to Allen's rebuttal. The entire letter can be found in the Hollywood Reporter.


Image via Marc Piasecki/Getty

celeb couples, celeb dads, celeb moms


To add a comment, please log in with

Use Your CafeMom Profile

Join CafeMom or Log in to your CafeMom account. CafeMom members can keep track of their comments.

Join CafeMom or Log in to your CafeMom account. CafeMom members can keep track of their comments.

Comment As a Guest

Guest comments are moderated and will not appear immediately.

twdfan twdfan

Nope. I don't believe him anymore now than I did before....also he is a huge @ for that collection of kids comment, and that's a separate thing altogether.

nonmember avatar J. Park

To the perspective of many it is this.
What happened exactly we the public do not know but who caused it all to happen we do know. The person who caused the entire situation was Mr. Allen.
Mr.Allen, an adult in his fifties, chose to have sex with the sister of his children, a girl he had known since the age of ten and who is in numerous family pictures with him and the rest of the children.
They called him father and they called her sister and they lived together with her growing up, with father living near by, over a 12 year period.
That is a family and to the family psychologically if not biologically he chose to rip that family apart with incest.
Yes, we will never know exactly what happened after that, but we can be absolutely positive and without any doubt whatsoever that the person who committed the vile, sick, emotionally violent, traumatizing act that sent it in motion was
Woody Allen.

adamat34 adamat34

He's a strange strange man wonder what his wife thinks of this?

Coles... Coles_mom

Adamat...his wife (soon yi) has adopted 2 children-daughters- with him. Apparently she can't be too worried. As someone who has experienced a version of this story play out in my life....I actually think this one is Mia's fault. I think she was so desperate to exact revenge on him for marrying her daughter that she poisoned young Dylan's mind. I truly believe Dylan believes she was molested...memories implanted by her mother. No doubt that Allen marrying Soon-Yi is skeevy...it was not illegal or even that uncommon. Lots of stories on the internet of men dumping wives/girlfriends for the woman's daughter. He's been investigated and not charged. I say we leave him alone.

nonmember avatar Missy

Please stop saying adopted daughter. Once you adopt a child they are part of your family. What he did is marry his girlfriend's teenage daughter. Those are the facts. It is disgusting. I hope that Dylan is able to move on with her life, as she will never recieve justice.

Jessica Palmer

I don't know if she was molested or not. Could have Mia put it in her head as revenge against woody Allen? Yes. It's easy to mold the mind of a young child. She probably made woody out to be a horrible man for leaving her. Though he is a weird man, that doesn't mark him as a molester. Good men have had ruined reputations due to people lying about sexual assaults. I'm not gonna to judge him and point my fingers at him when i don't know the truth. Until there is some proof, maybe a lie detector test or something that would prove he did it, I'm not gonna call him a child molester.


chigi... chigirl1228

There was a lie dectector test done. Allen passed and Farrow refused to take one.

Nelli... NellieKane

I think this family needs to step away from media outlets as a medium to hash out such serious issues. It is only going to cause more damage to everyone involved. I think this family is damaged enough already without using the media to fan the flames of this fire.

Kate Cooley

The earlier comments make this worse. He doesn't see them as a family, regardless of the fact that they were one. This would make it easier to prey on them.

1-10 of 16 comments 12 Last