Yesterday, Dylan Farrow gave her first on-screen interview about the sexual assault allegations she has made against her adoptive father, Woody Allen.
Allen has since responded.
The filmmaker has always denied the claims brought against him – which go back as far as 1992, when he was investigated after allegations that he sexually assaulted the then 7-year-old Farrow – and reiterated the same in a statement to CBS News (via NME).
“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,” the statement read. “They both did so many months and independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place.”
Allen also claimed that Mia Farrow, Dylan’s adoptive mother and Allen’s then-wife, had ‘coached’ Dylan to tell this story, as the statement continued: “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.”
You can see Dylan Farrow’s interview below. She argues: “What I don’t understand is how is this crazy story of me being brainwashed and coached more believable than what I’m saying about being sexually assaulted by my father.” She alleges that Allen is “lying and he’s been lying for so long.”