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Dylan Farrow responds to Woody Allen's op-ed

Dylan Farrow, adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, has responded to Allen’s New York Times essay, published yesterday, in which the director defended himself against sexual abuse claims.

“Once again, Woody Allen is attacking me and my family in an effort to discredit and silence me – but nothing he says or writes can change the truth. For 20 years, I have never wavered in describing what he did to me. I will carry the memories of surviving these experiences for the rest of my life,” Dylan Farrow said in a statement Saturday, via People. “His op-ed is the latest rehash of the same legalese, distortions and outright lies he has leveled at me for the past 20 years.”

In Allen’s essay yesterday, the Blue Jasmine director responded to Dylan Farrow’s Feb. 1 open letter, in which the 28-year-old recounted the alleged sexual abuse she suffered as a child and attacked Hollywood’s support of the director.

Woody Allen responds to Dylan Farrow's abuse claims in his own 'New York Times' essay

Following Dylan Farrow’s New York Times essay claiming abuse at the hands of her adoptive father Woody Allen, the director has responded with a Times essay of his own.

“Twenty-one years ago, 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,” Allen begins his first-person account. “We were involved in a terribly acrimonious breakup, with great enmity between us and a custody battle slowly gathering energy. The self-serving transparency of her malevolence seemed so obvious I didn’t even hire a lawyer to defend myself.”

Allen goes on to state the facts of the case and points out that he was never charged with a crime. “I naïvely 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. 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 had been going out with Mia for 12 years and never in that time did she ever suggest to me anything resembling misconduct.” READ FULL STORY

Dylan Farrow explains why she wrote her Woody Allen essay

Following a recent New York Times essay in which she accused adoptive father Woody Allen of sexually abusing her when she was 7, Dylan Farrow spoke to People about the backlash she has faced since.

“It took all of my strength and all of my emotional fortitude to do what I did this week in the hope that it would put the truth out there,” she told the magazine. “That is my only ammunition. I don’t have money or publicists or limos or fancy apartments in Manhattan. All I have is the truth and that is all I put out there.”

She also addressed the comments from adopted brother Moses Farrow, who categorically denied that Allen ever abused Dylan. “He has betrayed me in the cruelest way imaginable, and betrayed my family and my mother who has loved him since day one,” Dylan told People of their adopted mother, Mia Farrow. “His betrayal is the lowest form of evil that I could ever imagine.”

Woody Allen's lawyer addresses abuse allegations on 'Today' show

Elkan Abramowitz, Woody Allen’s attorney, appeared on the Today show this morning to discuss the now decades-old molestation allegations against Allen. The charges initially made headlines in 1993 when Allen was accused of molesting his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow. While Allen was never formally  prosecuted, the charges were brought up again on Feb. 1 when Dylan herself wrote a piece for the New York Times detailing the alleged abuse. READ FULL STORY

Woody Allen responds to Dylan Farrow's abuse claims

After Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, wrote a first-person essay for The New York Times on Saturday detailing the alleged sexual abuse she endured as a 7-year-old, Allen has responded, calling her claims “untrue and disgraceful.”

“Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful,” a rep for the Oscar-winning director said in a statement. “He will be responding very soon.”

We will update when Allen’s full statement is released.

Allen’s attorney, Elkan Abramowitz, also sent a statement to Mother Jones. “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.”

Dylan Farrow also called out some of the actors in Allen’s movies in her essay, including Blue Jasmine stars Alec Baldwin and Cate Blanchett, asking, “What if it had been your daughter?” Blanchett and Baldwin responded over the weekend.

Woody Allen's adopted daughter details alleged sexual abuse in open letter

Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, has written a first person account on the New York Times‘s website about the abuse she alleges she endured by the director when she was 7 years old.

“What’s your favorite Woody Allen movie? Before you answer, you should know: when I was 7 years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me,” Farrow writes.

She also details her struggles with an eating disorder, cutting herself, and being terrified of men in the wake of the incident, exacerbated by Hollywood turning a blind eye. Farrow calls out specific celebrities by name: “What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?” READ FULL STORY

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