Dylan Farrow renewed molestation allegations against Woody Allen, claiming the movie director sexually assaulted her when she was 7 after he and actress Mia Farrow adopted her.
In an open-letter
to The New York Times posted online Saturday, Dylan Farrow made her
first public comments about the 1992 incident. In a letter to op-ed
columnist Nicholas Kristof, she said she was moved to speak out because
of Hollywood’s continued embrace of Allen.
“That he got away with what he did to me
haunted me as I grew up,” wrote Farrow. “I was stricken with guilt that
I had allowed him to be near other little girls.”
The New York Times reported that Allen
declined comment. Also, representatives for Allen and for former partner
Mia Farrow also did not immediately return requests for comment
Saturday from The Associated Press. Allen has long maintained his
In the letter, Dylan Farrow claims that
in 1992 at the family’s Connecticut home, Allen led her to a “dim,
closet-like attic” and “then he sexually assaulted me.” Farrow didn’t
specify Allen’s actions, but described other abusive behavior.
Farrow said Allen would have her get in
bed with him, and at other times “place his head in my naked lap
breathe in and breathe out.”
“For as long as I could remember, my
father had been doing things to me that I didn’t like,” said Farrow.
“These things happened so often, so routinely, so skillfully hidden from
a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it
Allen was investigated on child
molestation claims for the alleged 1992 incident in Connecticut. It was
investigated the next year, but prosecutors elected not to charge him.
The handling of the investigation was
criticized after Litchfield County state attorney Frank S. Maco said in a
press conference there was “probable cause” to charge Allen, although
he elected not to. A disciplinary panel found that Maco may have
prejudiced the then-ongoing custody battle between Allen and Mia Farrow
by making an accusation without formal charges.
The 1992 allegation came shortly after
Allen became involved with Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter, Soon-Yi
Previn. Allen was not the adoptive father of Previn, who was about 19 at
the time. Allen was in his mid-50s. The two married in 1997 and have
two adopted daughters.
Though many fans never forgave Allen for
his romance with Previn, the director’s career was largely
uninterrupted. He has continued to release a new film almost every year,
with his latest, “Blue Jasmine,” earning three Academy Award
nominations, including a screenwriting nomination for Allen.
Dylan Farrow’s open-letter was
precipitated by Allen being honored at the Golden Globes with the Cecil
B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. Allen didn’t attend as he largely
abstains from awards shows. But during the telecast’s tribute, Ronan
Farrow tweeted: “Missed the Woody Allen tribute — did they put the part
where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or
after Annie Hall?”
Ronan Farrow is the lone biological
child of Allen and Mia Farrow, though Farrow has said Frank Sinatra
could be his father. He is estranged from Allen.
A rebuke followed last week when Robert
Weide, director of the PBS “American Masters” documentary on Allen,
argued in a lengthy account on the Daily Beast that many were unaware of
the facts of Allen’s relationship with Previn and that the incident
with Dylan Farrow was unproven.
Dylan Farrow, who said she now lives
happily married in Florida under another name, urged people not to
forget her side of the story.