The #MeToo movement has brought forth a flood of new sexual misconduct allegations against famous men. It has also resulted in renewed attention on preexisting cases—particularly, Dylan Farrow's claims that adoptive father Woody Allen molested her when she was a child.
This week Farrow appeared on CBS This Morning to detail her allegations, and the filmmaker has now issued a new statement denying the claims.
In the statement, Allen accuses Farrow and her family (which includes journalist Ronan Farrow and Mia Farrow) of "cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time's Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation."
Allen adds, "I never molested my daughter—as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago."
Farrow, who was formally adopted by Allen in 1991, has maintained that the director sexually abused her when she was seven years old. In an open letter that was published by the New York Times in 2014, Farrow detailed how Allen led her into the attic of her house and allegedly assaulted her while she played with her brother's toy train set. The seven-year-old Farrow subsequently told her mother, who informed a pediatrician, who informed the authorities.
"As a 7-year-old, I would have said he touched my private parts," Farrow says in the new CBS interview. "As a 32-year-old, he touched my labia and my vulva with his finger."
Subsequent investigations were inconclusive. A 1993 probe by the Yale–New Haven Hospital Child Sexual Abuse Clinic suggested that Farrow may have invented the story, but these findings were later criticized by the judge who oversaw Allen's custody hearing, as well as other experts. That year, a Connecticut prosecutor concluded that there was "probably cause" to prosecute Allen on molestation charges, but declined to pursue the case in order to avoid subjecting Farrow to a lengthy trial.
In the CBS interview, Farrow said she wishes that the state had filed charges. "I was already traumatized."
Allen has repeatedly denied the allegations. In December, Farrow published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, questioning why his filmmaking career had been largely unaffected by the #MeToo movement. (Allen's latest film, Wonder Wheel, was released that month.)
Here's Allen's full statement to CBS News:
"When this claim was first made more than 25 years ago, it was thoroughly investigated by both the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare. They both did so for many months and independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place. Instead, they found it likely a vulnerable child had been coached to tell the story by her angry mother during a contentious breakup.
Dylan's older brother Moses has said that he witnessed their mother doing exactly that—relentlessly coaching Dylan, trying to drum into her that her father was a dangerous sexual predator. It seems to have worked—and, sadly, I'm sure Dylan truly believes what she says.
But even though the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time's Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation, that doesn't make it any more true today than it was in the past. I never molested my daughter—as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago."
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