Dylan Farrow: Woody Allen ‘is lying and he’s been lying for so long’

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Dylan Farrow gave an interview to Gayle King at CBS’s This Morning. It was a pre-taped, magazine-show-style segment which included the history of Dylan’s accusation against her father, Woody Allen. Dylan details the day she was molested by Woody on August 4, 1992 in Connecticut, and she cries openly when Gayle King showed her an old video of Woody vehemently denying the claim. She also explains why her story changed when she went to the pediatrician – she says she was embarrassed – and that Mia Farrow never coached her. She says Woody is “lying and he’s been lying for so long.” She also says something that professional investigators noted at the time, which is that Woody always paid special attention to her and was always touching her, holding her, cuddling her, in ways he never did to Ronan. Here’s the segment – this is difficult to get through:

When asked about the actors who worked and continue to work with Woody, she says:

“I’m not angry with them. I hope that, you know, especially since so many of them have been vocal advocates of this Me Too and Time’s Up movement that, um, they can acknowledge their complicity and maybe hold themselves accountable to how they have perpetuated this culture of – of silence in their industry… I’ve been saying this, I’ve been repeating my accusations unaltered for over 20 years and I have been systematically shut down, ignored or discredited. If they can’t acknowledge the accusations of one survivor, how are they going to stand for all of us?”

[From Deadline]

Meanwhile, Woody Allen’s rep made another statement in reaction to Dylan’s interview:

“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.”

[From Vulture]

I really don’t have anything else to say about this. I feel for Dylan. I think she’s doing the best she can and, despite her protests, she is very angry. She’s angry at Woody Allen and she’s angry that so many people respected him and worshipped him as an artist for so many years.

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  1. Mina says:

    Woody Allen’s reply is pretty much a copy of what he said years ago, he’s not even trying to face this sincerely or seriously. What a disgusting old man; sadly I’m sure some will still defend him and cite the sources that say there was no abuse.

    • Hey Bale says:

      I feel like he gets off by reminding people that he got away with it despite how much of an investigation there was. There were SERIOUS questions and doubts toward him, not her, but they didn’t have enough to get any kind of conviction (especially because of his professional clout). I grew up loving certain films, and my *male* family members consider him their favorite director. I cannot bear to think about it. He’s utterly repugnant. It’s crushing. The continued denials and arrogant ways in which he pretends it doesn’t matter enough to be taken seriously…just crushing.

      • Mina says:

        I think the saddest part of all this is that if we believe the prosecutor’s reasons not to press charges against Woody, that is to protect a fragile child, it just shows you how much of the responsibility of having abusers convicted falls on the victims. The pressure and burden they have to carry is unimaginable, especially when so young. It’s such an unfair system. In my country they just passed a law that requires children that are potential victims of abuse to give their statement once and having it recorded on camera so they don’t need to go through the grueling and often destroying process of a trial. Not sure how effective it is, but at least it’s a start.

      • PPP says:

        They had enough. They didn’t pursue due to the fragility of the victim.

      • Marley31 says:

        I googled pictures of him and his wife and in some of those pictures he can be seen holding his daughters hand and Idk how old his daughters are but they look old enough not need hand holding and by that in itself seems creepy on so many levels. My daughter’s 12 and I don’t hold her hand and I have a 22yr old and wouldn’t even think about holding her hand it just seems weird and not only that I’d feel uncomfortable. There are just things called boundaries. That’s like me at 46yr holding my dad hand or even my moms

    • Snappyfish says:

      I remember distinctly that the CT DA had enough to move forward on charges but hesitated due to her age and of course, his celebrity. Thinking it better to save the trauma. They protected Dylan by supervised visits and the like.

      Woody may be talented, I personally think overrated, but he is a pig

  2. Mia4s says:

    Sigh…there is no end for this. No peace for either side. If she felt she wanted to speak I’m glad she got her chance but there is no “bringing him down”. If he never makes another film he retires at 82 rich and with every award you can win. There will always be people who believe/disbelieve both sides (I’ve already seen it this morning in comments elsewhere). There is no closure for anyone here.

  3. STRIPE says:

    “…also please pay no attention to the fact that he married Dylan’s sister.”

    Eye roll.

    • Nancy says:

      Right. He has never denied the nude photos he took of her and displayed on the mantle. He is such a POS.

      • J.Mo says:

        I have always fully believed the account off the Farrows but a small correction, he didn’t display the photos, he was confident and careless and left them on the mantle under a vase, where Mia noticed them.

      • Nancy says:

        I think it’s Freudian. He left them knowing Mia would see them. You don’t hide something on your partner’s mantle. Obviously they were meant to be seen by her. Somewhere in his perverted mind, he may have thought somehow he would get away with it, which in essence, he did. Let him rot in Hell with all the other child molesters. There is no punishment to match those who prey on children, OMG, especially their own.

  4. aims says:

    Dylan,I believe you. The pain in her eyes is heartbreaking. If I was in her position,I’d be angry as hell. I would feel like I was being dismissed. She has every right to feels as she does. The pain of seeing your abuser on tv and then have people praise your abuser is beyond cruel.

  5. OG OhDear says:

    I have a ton of respect for her – it must be frustrating as all hell to not be believed and feel as if she’s screaming into the void, but she keeps on pushing on. It’s also incredibly brave for her to do this interview.

    Hopefully the tide continues to turn against Allen and Farrow can finally feel vindicated and get some peace.

  6. Nancy says:

    She’s screaming to the wind. I believe her. He may have had his career, but still has to be hollow knowing most of the world believes he molested his children. Michelle Williams either was aware of her resemblance to Mia and copied the look, the waif, or it is completely coincidental?

  7. Nicole says:

    I believe her and I agree with her about the complicity. I’ve been saying this forever. A lot of people in hollywood have been complicit to people like Weinstein, Spacey, Singer, Allen, etc. They wouldn’t have decades of victims if they didnt have help

  8. broodytrudy says:

    Ugh this is all so awful. Poor Dylan. Poor Ronan and Moses and Soon-Yi and her children. Their family is so broken.

    And can’t it be all the ways? Woody molested her. She was scared, her story changed and she was embarrassed. Mia had issues of her own that were made worse by Woody’s gas lighting. Mia tried to help Dylan get the right words in case she needed to take the stand or talk to the police or just tell her story in general. That’s the coaching Moses saw.
    I don’t see why we have to believe one or the other when there is obviously a mix of things going on there. People and situations like this are often complex. I hope they all find the hope and healing they need.

  9. CharlieBouquet says:

    By the time I was 4, I had 27 broken bones. NYS Child Welfare let that happen. Dylan, I believe you.

    • Léna says:

      Oh my god. I am deeply sorry you had to live this.

    • broodytrudy says:

      Child Protective Services all over the country is underfunded and incompetent. I don’t live in New York, but have a similar story. Despite my mother breaking my brothers leg when he was six months old, despite the very visible physical abuse documented in school photos and teacher reports, despite the fact she tried to drown both my brother and I in the bathtub, despite the fact we were continually drugged with xanax and other otc cough medicines, CPS never did anything for us here.
      It’s no wonder I have never gone public with my story of being sexually abused by my grandfather, who held a position of authority in the LDS Church. Nothing will happen and like Dylan, I’ll be left screaming into the void for the rest of my life.
      There are so many children failed by the system and it’s heartbreaking. Often times case workers have loads so large they can’t do anything but fail. I’m so sorry that happened to you. I hope your life is full of happiness now.

    • Renee says:

      @ CharlieBouquet, I’m so sorry & want to send you a big *hug*. I’m wishing you all of the health & happiness your heart desires. *Hugs again*.

    • Pandy says:

      Ladies, I hope you find peace and healing and a way to keep moving forward.

    • magnoliarose says:

      I have no words except I am sorry the system failed you ladies.
      I don’t understand why or how but I understand that it did.
      The world can be such a dark place for children, and that is tragic.

  10. Tan says:

    Offcourse she is angry

    She is the only one left to pick up the pieces, to forget, to move on while seeing her abuser escape justice ( not just in court of law but also socially, morally), being famous, winning accolades, exerting power, living a seemingly happy fullfiling family. It’s enough to traumatize someone.

    Her abuse and treatment reminds me so much about Sidney Sheldon’s Tell me your dreams. Like the book was based on this tragic incident

    And people still go on with Mia is horrible , she coached Dylan, what about what Moses say. Because Dylan, an adult female, is just not credible enough on her own, mature enough to not realise and distinguish between real and fabricated memory and she is just monster Mia’s puppet.

    I wish her all luck. I hope her abuser can get the

  11. MellyMel says:

    I hope Dylan gets some form of justice and/or peace from this nightmare at some point in her life. I can’t even imagine screaming and crying for people to believe me to no avail for 20+ years. I feel horrible for her and I believe her.

  12. Evie says:

    I believe Dylan. At this point, nearly three decades later, she has more to lose if she were perpetrating a lie. It takes a lot of courage for a victim like Dylan to come forward and open themselves up to public scrutiny with all of the questions from the press and possible disbelief and scorn from the public. She also has to deal with the continued denials from the accused (in this case Woody Allen). Dylan is not looking for money or damages. As she said, she is speaking her truth.

    I applaud the courage of Dylan and other victims of sexual abuse and harassment in coming forward.

  13. Agapanthus says:

    I believe her and always have. The documents from the judge convinced me.

    On a slightly different point, what is the legal position in the USA regarding this? (I’m a Brit.) What is the statute of limitations here, could you still take him to court, or could he try to sue her for defamation etc? She is very brave in speaking out.

  14. Steph says:

    His statement about NY state services isn’t even true. They reported that there was enough to prosecute him but it would be traumatic for the child. What a POS.

    • Mia4s says:

      No that is accurate, the NY Child State Welfare investigation was a different thing and they would not decide on prosecution anyway. The decision not to move forward on the evidence they had (due to fragility) came from the prosecutor’s office in consultation with her mother.

      Doesn’t make him not a POS but, well, you see how this all gets muddled so there is no resolution.

    • tracking says:

      And the judge ruled against visitation due to the credibility of the claims. I believe her (and agree he is a POS).

  15. Marty says:

    I believe Dylan, and she is incredibly brave for not only telling her story, but for continuing to fight for herself and what she knows to be true.

    • Ksenia says:

      @Marty: I agree w you: I believe Dylan, too. Sadly, MANY abusers and molesters of children go free, never convicted, and never condemned, allowed to walk free. Two of my own abusers/sexual molesters continue to live in the same city that I do, and neither of them were or ever will be brought to justice. Unfortunately Dylan’s story is uncommon only in that her abuser is famous and widely admired and acclaimed, whereas most abusers are not household names. But her story of molestation itself is similar to those of many children who live through sexual abuse. There are FAR too many child predators out there, who do and will continue getting away w their gruesome and life shattering actions.

    • magnoliarose says:

      I have always believed her.
      I have never understood why she wasn’t or isn’t. All of the excuses were nonsense when the man showed by engaging with Soon Yi he has no moral boundaries and is capable of disrespecting all those around him.
      What has Dylan ever done to warrant not believing her?
      Not one damn thing.
      The metoo movement isn’t about adults only. It should extend to children and those who survived.

  16. Percy says:

    I don’t know… considering he married his other daughter, I don’t find Dylan’s story that hard to believe…

    • Pandy says:

      RIGHT? How can THAT be conveniently overlooked??? Like THAT isn’t creepy enough to not believe Dylan???

  17. MostlyMegan says:

    I believe you Dylan.

  18. HoustonGrl says:

    As if a bunch of “experts” are going to know whether or not a child was molested. And what era are we talking about? I wouldn’t be surprised if most of these so called psychs were Freudian males. How can you expect a child to behave a certain way under these circumstances? It’s obviously not an exact science. I BELIEVE YOU DYLAN!!! MY HEART IS WITH YOU.

  19. Wurstfingers says:

    I always believed Dylan but seeing her cry and hearing her voice break is just another level. It makes me sad for the little girl she used to be and so fucking angry for the woman she is now. And yes, we do know what happened on that day, Dylan told us!

  20. BJ says:

    I believe you Dylan

  21. LondonGal says:

    I believe you Dylan.x

  22. Jag says:

    Watching him speak about it, he is showing “duping delight” as the corners of his mouth turn up ever so slightly when he’s talking about molesting his daughter; meaning that he is happy that he got away with it. Then he full out laughs. He is a disgusting sub-human.

    • Wurstfingers says:

      Not just that but he also didn’t simply say ‘nope didn’t do it’ but went on and on with horrible things he also could have done. As in ‘oh I didn’t do all those super vile things which is why I must be innocent lollolol’… Like, what kind of freaking monster are you talking about your child like that?!

  23. paranormalgirl says:

    If she was sitting in the comfy chair in my office, across from me, telling me her story, I would have little to no reason to disbelieve her. She has maintained the same story for over 20 years. She has not wavered from the story except for one moment, when she was embarrassed to tell the doctor what occurred, which would be a typical reaction from a young child. She is unwavering, but not in a way that is artificial. She would need to be prepared should this have ended up going to trial, so there would be some “coaching” from people she trusts (Mia, a lawyer, a mental health professional…) to use the proper words, to be succinct, to be factual. That doesn’t mean there was brainwashing. And at this point in time, she would more than likely remember being excessively coached and we wouldn’t still be hearing from her. The fact that she is still speaking out is telling me she had no closure. A man who she thought she could trust, who was her hero, took advantage of her. Nothing was ever closed. Nothing “ended.” The fact that there are no other accusations regarding children doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. While it is not altogether very common, there are people who are drawn to a specific child to molest. It may never again happen with another child.

    Bottom line; as a woman, as mother, as a psychiatrist, and as a human being: I believe you, Dylan.

  24. I Choose Me says:

    I believe Moses that Mia was abusive. His pain and anger towards his mother naturally informs his bias and explains why he’s defending Woody. I also believe Dylan. One does not negate the other. In life there are no absolutes.

    • magnoliarose says:

      To be honest, I don’t know what to think about Moses.
      Children can join in a smear campaign if they have issues themselves and I don’t really know much about him. His defense of Woody was strange and based on that I can’t go all in with him. It does make me unsure and not able to totally believe him without more information about his character and history.
      It also seems like a roundabout way to try to discredit Dylan. I believe her about her life. Not him.
      Already he was wrong about coaching. I don’t know it was deliberate are not.
      I am open to being wrong, but I can’t with the information I have. I can’t think Moses is entirely truthful knowing parts of his story just don’t match up.

  25. holly hobby says:

    I believe her. I hope one of that disgusting pervert’s daughters report him. He did adopt 2 with the daughter/wife and there were pictures of him cuddling them in an uncomfortable way. Waiting for that tell all.

  26. serena says:

    Poor woman.. I feel so much for her.

  27. K (now K2!) says:

    I believe you, Dylan.

  28. Jayna says:

    I believe something happened that day to Dylan by Woody. As far as all of the events exactly as said by all, I don’t know. I do believe he was obsessed with Dylan and progressing.

    I believe Woody is a raging narcissist and a sicko. BUT there are enough disturbing details regarding Mia and her parenting and even how she taped Dylan turning on and off the camera, filming her over a couple of days, to get the video confession that gives people, who want to see it a different way, the ammunition. I never condemn people who truly believe Woody didn’t molest her. They will read many articles that have some validity to them and then choose to ignore all of the validity in Mia’s and Dylan’s story. As far as Soon Yi, they will say the amoral affair with Soon-Yi 19 or older has nothing to do or tie him into molesting his very little girl. It doesn’t, really. I don’t use that to chose to believe that Woody was sexually obsessed with Dylan. I also think Mia was an abusive mother to many of those children, and creating chaos in the household, still adopting while hell was going on in that household as far as the Soon Yi affair For myself, I will stand with Dylan. But there is no clear-cut answer here. And as much as I find Mia problematic, there was also a lot of good about her. I don’t paint her in a black-and-white way. She’s done a lot of good in her life.

    Do not forget that many children were brainwashed to testify their childgivers molested him back in the McMartin day care case. Innocent people put in jail for years. For people who find a lot of problems with the Woody Allen/Dyan/Mia scenario, they use things like that as evidence it can be done, imprint memories in children who then believe it. And Moses gave them more ammo. Many things he said came across very credible. So it’s why I don’t condemn those that believe that Mia is the one that screwed up her daughter into really believing this happened over her understandable outrage at his affair with her daughter, Soon-Yi that he lied and said it was over even as they were coming to a financial agreement, and she shortly before the Dylan story found out he was still seeing her and was furious. And people will move on past the Soon-Yi story because they have been married for so many years, calling it creepy, but not evidence he is a child molester.

    I myself still find it more credible, after years ago going through all of the evidence, even with inconsistencies and Mia being problematic for sure, that Woody is a pervert, obsessed with Dylan and someone who had showed escalating behavior with her from earlier on when still with Mia.. Even having said that, some of Moses’ recollections as a disabled boy adopted by Mia and her parenting and other recollections made me very sad for him. I do believe some of the children were targeted like him. I don’t believe Dylan and Ronan were ever treated that way.


  29. enora says:

    welcome to Polanski’s club old guy

  30. jane says:

    This is such a mess. But I’m afraid I believe Woody. I find his argument in that old interview compelling. Why would he at that moment in time, when so much was against him and he was on the defensive because of his horrendous behavior with Soon-Yi, decide to molest his young daughter. And Mia was so angry, quite understandably, that I suspect she wanted to get back at him or even genuinely wondered if he had done something with the other children and so pressed them in leading ways. I suspect Dylan actually believes this happened to her because she was so young and there would have been so much anger and hurt and trauma around her. Everything she described about their relationship prior to the event was completely within the range of fatherly affection. And fathers do act differently with daughters than with sons. It’s just a fact.

    • magnoliarose says:

      He is a known pervert. It has been said over and over by people in other instances. Dylan has no reason to lie. For what purpose?
      He had a 13-year-old pen pal in the 70s. Susan Sarandon said it was common knowledge. He hung around someone charges with providing child sex to wealthy men. And he took nude photos of a teenager who he had known since she was a child.


  31. mary s. says:

    I believe her. She is telling the truth.

  32. Kate says:

    Dylan, I believe you. Stay strong, girl.

  33. adastraperaspera says:

    Dylan’s grandmother, the successful actress Maureen O’Sullivan (whom Mia talked into working with Allen in the film “Hannah and her sisters”), released a public statement calling Woody Allen an “evil and desperate man.” She also told Mia that Woody looked at and touched Dylan inappropriately, and so should never be left alone with her.

    Woody Allen abused Dylan. He abused Soon-yi by grooming her when she was underage. He was then allowed by the state to adopt two infant girls. And he continues to churn out movies showing nubile, young women lusting over old male characters (frequently played by himself). Who knows who else he has abused? He continues to leave a sickening trail of perverted filth in his wake.