Woody Allen’s Lawyer & Publicist Issue Denials That He Sexually Abused His Daughter Dylan Farrow


Earlier today we learned of the open letter that was written and released by Dylan Farrow, daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, that painfully reveals the sexual abuse she suffered (and still suffers from) at the hands of her father when she was 7 years old. In response to that letter, Allen’s lawyer and publicist have issued individual statements that call Farrow’s letter “a story engineered” and “untrue and disgraceful” respectively. Allen himself, tho, has yet to utter a word about the letter. In fact, when he was confronted by TMZ cameras on the streets of NYC last night shortly after the letter was published, he pretended not to hear the question and attempted to ignore the camera in his face.

Allen’s attorney Elkan Abramowitz’s statement: It is tragic that after 20 years a story engineered by a vengeful lover resurfaces after it was fully vetted and rejected by independent authorities. The one to blame for Dylan’s distress is neither Dylan nor Woody Allen.

Allen’s publicist Leslee Dart’s statement: Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful. He will be responding very soon…At the time, a thorough investigation was conducted by court appointed independent experts. The experts concluded there was no credible evidence of molestation; that Dylan Farrow had an inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality; and that Dylan Farrow had likely been coached by her mother Mia Farrow. No charges were ever filed.

Neither statement should be entirely surprising even if they are each indicative of blaming the victim. As for Allen’s silence, the TMZ video that was shot last night doesn’t appear to be working at their site but it can be watched in full HERE. But according to Allen’s publicist, it sounds a like an official statement from him will come shortly. This whole story is just so gross. It always has been. My assumption, not knowing all of the facts, has always been that since Allen was not formally charged with a crime, it was a matter that probably didn’t happen (that’s not to say that I didn’t believe it was possible but that it was probable). From the first sentence of Dylan Farrow’s letter, I knew that she was telling the truth. At this point, it’s unlikely that Woody Allen will ever be charged for this crime but in the court of public opinion, there is still a chance for punishment. It was a very bold act for Farrow to publicly call out by name some of the actors who have worked with Allen recently and it will be very interesting to see what they have to say. Altho no criminal charges or official legal punishments may befall Wood Allen, it is my hope that Dylan’s decision to speak publicly about her abuse for the first time will help her heal just a little bit. It is a brave thing to open up about sexual abuse. Far too many times, the victim is the one punished for speaking out. Even now, Allen’s supporters are putting the blame on Farrow and her “fabricated” story. Ugh. So gross. So entirely gross.

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  • Willak27

    “It was a very bold act for Farrow to publicly call out by name some of the actors who have worked with Allen recently”

    and yet she and roman polanski are friends

  • Amanda

    I doubt Dylan Farrow is friends with Roman Polanski, know child molester even if her mother is…

  • Annabel Le

    i stopped watching his films when it came out he was sexually involved with his daughter. i am glad his other children are dealing with it.

  • MD

    I think everyone reading Dylan’s story should also read this: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/01/27/the-woody-allen-allegations-not-so-fast.html before coming to a decision about things we can never really know the truth about.

    • @MD — Shannon linked this article in the earlier post.

  • Donny

    It’s not gross, Trent. It’s a difference of opinion. Mia Farrow is crazy, like seriously. Dylan is indeed a victim and I’m sure she believes every word of her letter. That doesn’t mean it happened.

    • OG Emily

      “It’s a difference of opinion.” I’m sorry Donny, child molestation IS gross. And illegal. Be on team Woody if you want, but don’t go blaming the victims. We don’t know what happened between Dylan and Woody, but we do know this kind of stuff happens EVERYDAY to children all over the world. The cavalier attitude I see here does not help the cause.

    • Donny

      @OG Emily – the way I read the end of Trent’s comments, it seemed as though he was saying those who are putting the blame on Farrow are gross. I could be wrong but that is the context of my comments. What if Mia did indeed fabricate the story? Then is it still gross to believe she did? I have posted a couple of times on this topic and I do believe that Dylan believes she was molested. So I’m not blaming the victim. And your comment below is without merit. There are not dozens of claims against Allen waiting. If there are produce them or take a seat.

    • OG Emily

      Thank you Donny for clarifying. I didn’t realize your use of the term “gross.” I guess I’m just confused by your comments. You DO believe Dylan was molested by Woody Allen? Because you call Mia crazy and say “that doesn’t mean it happened.” Just trying to clarify.
      I AM sitting down and quite comfortable, thanks. In the 20+ years I’ve been following Hollywood I’ve heard dozens and dozens of reports about Woody Allen’s behaviors among his children including Dylan and Soon-Yi. Because I’m on a tablet I can’t link to all of them here, but if you Google “Woody Allen child molestation” you’ll see the articles I’m talking about.
      I’m trying really hard to be neutral here, hence “the truth is somewhere in the middle.” But like I said, the middle is too disgusting to defend.

    • Donny

      @OG Emily – I think I have been pretty clear. I believe Dylan believes in her allegations. So I’m not calling her a liar but I’m also not convinced it happened. An, yes, I believe Mia Farrow is crazy, like clinically. The woman is an egotistical nutjob. She approved the use of The Purple Rose of Cairo in which she appeared to be used in the montage for Allen’s award at the Golden Globes. Producers and those who prepared the montage were ready with one that did not include her. She didn’t have to give her approval. But she did and then tweets referencing the molestation allegations while the award is being given out. That’s crazy! Meanwhile, was Allen there to collect the award? Um, no.

      Google “Woody Allen child molestation”? Are you kidding me? Don’t believe everything you read. And leave Soon-Yi out of it. They have been married for years and have two children. They appear to have a happy family. This is about Dylan and only Dylan. An investigation concluded no crime occurred. It’s time for people to move on and that’s not blaming the vicitim.

    • OG Emily

      …. um …. OK Donny. OK.

    • @Donny — “the way I read the end of Trent’s comments, it seemed as though he was saying those who are putting the blame on Farrow are gross.”

      No, this is not at all what I was saying.

  • OG Emily

    I am appalled – appalled – at the victim shaming going on. Even on this blog. Listen people, where there’s smoke there’s fire. Woody Allen’s reputation has been questionable for 20+ years. Even if you can refute one claim against Allen, there’s dozens more waiting. I know there are 2 sides to each story and the truth is somewhere in the middle, and this truth is too disgusting to defend.