Woody Allen responds to Dylan Farrow’s open letter

In an op-ed piece published in Sunday’s New York Times, Allen defends himself and accuses Mia Farrow of manipulation.

“Of course, I did not molest Dylan,” he 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.”

“The self-serving transparency of her malevolence seemed so obvious I didn’t even hire a lawyer to defend myself. I naively thought the accusation would be dismissed out of hand because of course, I hadn’t molested Dylan and any rational person would see the ploy for what it was.”

Allen, 78, also talks about the investigation that was started at the time and how the judge was “quite rough on me” because of his relationship with Soon-Yi and the age difference between them, (she was in her 20s, while the director was in his 50s.)

He claims that these allegations were instigated by Dylan’s mother, actress Mia Farrow.

“He thought of me as an older man exploiting a much younger woman, which outraged Mia as improper despite the fact she had dated a much older Frank Sinatra when she was 19,” he said.

“Soon-Yi and I made countless attempts to see Dylan but Mia blocked them all, spitefully knowing how much we both loved her but totally indifferent to the pain and damage she was causing the little girl merely to appease her own vindictiveness,” he continued.

“Not that I doubt Dylan hasn’t come to believe she’s been molested, but if from the age of 7 a vulnerable child is taught by a strong mother to hate her father because he is a monster who abused her, is it so inconceivable that after many years of this indoctrination the image of me Mia wanted to establish had taken root?”

He concluded: “This piece will be my final word on this entire matter and no one will be responding on my behalf to any further comments on it by any party. Enough people have been hurt.”