Sexual harassment scandals

Allen has 'been lying for so long'

Woody Allen's adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow (left) revived claims in her first full television interview this week that the director (far left) had sexually assaulted her as a seven-year-old in 1992.
Woody Allen's adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow revived claims in her first full television interview this week that the director (above) had sexually assaulted her as a seven-year-old in 1992.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Woody Allen's adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow (left) revived claims in her first full television interview this week that the director (far left) had sexually assaulted her as a seven-year-old in 1992.
Woody Allen's adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow (above) revived claims in her first full television interview this week that the director had sexually assaulted her as a seven-year-old in 1992.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

NEW YORK • Woody Allen is "lying and he's been lying for so long", his estranged, adopted daughter Dylan Farrow told CBS on Thursday.

But the director, a four-time Oscar winner, lashed out in a statement: "I never molested my daughter - as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago."

The past was revisited when Farrow, now 32, revived claims in her first full television interview that he had sexually assaulted her as a seven-year-old in 1992.

The allegation first surfaced in the wake of her parents' bitter split, when he left actress and activist Mia Farrow for her adoptive daughter from a previous marriage, Soon-Yi Previn, who was 21 then.

Dylan Farrow, now a married mother of a young girl, told CBS This Morning: "He was always touching me, cuddling me... he often asked me to get into bed with him when he had only his underwear on and sometimes when only I had my underwear on."

In response, Allen, now 82, accused his ex-lover's family of "cynically" exploiting the Time's Up anti-sexual harassment movement to repeat "discredited" child molestation allegations.

He added that the claims had been "thoroughly investigated" by the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare. "Instead, they found it likely a vulnerable child had been coached to tell the story by her angry mother during a contentious break-up," he said.

The New York judge who presided over the 1994 custody battle between Allen and Mia Farrow ruled that the allegations were inconclusive, but at the same time lambasted the director as "self-absorbed, untrustworthy and insensitive". A Connecticut state prosecutor at the time found probable cause to charge Allen, but thought Dylan Farrow too fragile to face a celebrity trial.

On Thursday, Farrow wished in retrospect that the case had gone to trial.

The director is also facing a backlash from industry folk in Hollywood. In recent weeks, a growing number of actresses, including Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Hall, Ellen Page and Mira Sorvino, have said they regret working with Allen.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 20, 2018, with the headline 'Allen has 'been lying for so long' '. Print Edition | Subscribe