In 2014, Dylan Farrow wrote an open letter for The New York Times about her alleged abuse as a 7-year-old at the hands of her father Woody Allen. Woody responded to Dylan’s accusations by denying everything, implying she was coached by her mom Mia Farrow, and swore it was the last time he would comment on her accusations. Fast forward to today, when Dylan’s first television interview aired on CBS This Morning. We already knew it wasn’t going to be sunshine and sparkles for Woody. Woody is mad, and he commented on Dylan’s accusations again.
Dylan spoke with Gayle King and told her story, the same one many people have already heard when they read her open letter from 2014. You can read it all here. Woody has always maintained that Dylan was coached by Mia to lie about the abuse, to which she told Gayle:
“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…every step of the way, my mother only encouraged me to tell the truth. She’s never coached me.”
Dylan added that Woody would always follow her around and that he was often touching her, and that he was never that way with her brother Ronan Farrow. Despite former Connecticut State Prosecutor Frank Maco believing there was “probable cause” to charge Woody (but didn’t press it, because they didn’t think Dylan could handle a trial), investigators came to the conclusion that no abuse happened and he was never charged. Frank gave a comment to Gayle, saying he still believes there was no manipulation by Mia Farrow, and that nothing in the state’s investigation concluded that Dylan was coached. Dylan says she wishes they had gone to trial, because she was already “traumatized.”
Woody had a lot to say about Dylan’s interview with Gayle. He released a statement, the gist of which is that he swears he didn’t do anything, and that Dylan was coached by her bitter mom.
“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.”
Still not sure what Woody means when he says the Farrow family is “cynically using” the Time’s Up movement. It makes me picture Mia and Dylan gathering the fam around a kitchen table to fold Time’s Up, Woody! t-shirts that they plan on selling for $10 a pop from the trunk of their car at a rally. And maybe someone ought to tell Woody that the Farrow family aren’t the only ones repeating these allegations. Coincidentally, there is a group of people that have been using the Time’s Up initiative to publicly drag Woody. And sure, I guess you could call them a family. Sometimes cast members of a movie call themselves that.