Woody Allen again denies Dylan Farrow’s abuse allegations
As a result of HBO’s Allen v Farrow finale on March 14th, there’s been a lot of renewed interest in the allegations on Woody Allen of molesting his then 7-year-old step-daughter Dylan Farrow. The finale also included Woody Allen’s first TV interview in almost three decades, which Paramount+ released as part of the 35-minute streaming exclusive finale. In it, Allen vehemently denied v. all the allegations as false, reiterating the same arguments since he was first accused in 1992.
Woody Allen denies allegations again after renewed interest due to Allen v Farrow
In the interview with CBS News correspondent Lee Cowan, which took place in July, Woody Allen repeated the same arguments he has made since 1992. Back then, he was accused of molesting his stepdaughter, the then 7-year-old Dylan Farrow. At the same time, he was also going through an ugly and public divorce from Mia Farrow. The two had been in a relationship for more than 10 years prior to then. However, the two split after Farrow found out about Allen’s affair with his then 21-year-old adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. Previn is now Allen’s wife of 24 years, and the director insists that Mia fabricated the allegations because of their public fallout. And that’s what Allen v Farrow explores on, which is a show Woody Allen did not take part in. In the interview, Allen said:
It’s so preposterous and yet the smear has remained and they still prefer to cling to if not the notion that I molested Dylan, then the possibility that I molested her. Nothing that I ever did with Dylan in my life could be misconstrued as that.
Allen further continued, saying that he believed the allegations did not even merit an investigation, saying:
Why would a guy who’s 57 years old, I never was accused of anything in my life, I’m suddenly going to drive up in the middle of a contentious custody fight at Mia’s country home yet…a 7-year-old girl. On the surface, I didn’t think it required any investigation, even.
He still likes Dylan Farrow and the actors that denounced him
Woody Allen was never charged or convicted. But he did say he’d like to talk to Dylan, even though he hasn’t seen her since the allegations surfaced. Allen said:
She was a good kid, and I believe she thinks it. I do not believe that she’s making it up, I don’t believe she’s lying, I believe she believes it.
Furthermore, Woody Allen also talked about the numerous Hollywood actors who refused to work in his films. He didn’t have a bad word to say about them but focused on presenting himself as a victim, saying:
I think they’re well-meaning, but they’re foolish. All they’re doing is they’re persecuting a perfectly innocent person, and they’re enabling this lie.
Allen v Farrow contains around 17 minutes of Allen’s interview, along with Dylan Farrow’s 2018 interview with Gayle King for CBS This Morning. But, Paramount+ had not informed Allen or his representatives that they’ll be using his interview. Allen’s spokesperson, his sister, and producer Letty Aronson called the decision “completely dishonest and scandalous”.