Dylan Farrow Responds After Woody Allen Rejects Her Molestation Claims

Allen also responds to claim his son was fathered by Frank Sinatra.

ByABC News
February 7, 2014, 8:44 PM

Feb. 7, 2014— -- Woody Allen has responded to his adopted daughter's open letter in the New York Times alleging molestation, painting his ex-partner Mia Farrow as a vengeful liar who orchestrated the whole thing. He also said he's not sure his son Ronan is his or was fathered by Frank Sinatra.

At the time of their breakup more than two decades ago, Mia Farrow accused the Oscar-winning filmmaker of molesting Dylan Farrow. Allen, 78, has consistently denied the abuse allegation, maintaining his ex coached their daughter into making the claims.

"Mia insisted that I had abused Dylan and took her immediately to a doctor to be examined. Dylan told the doctor she had not been molested. Mia then took Dylan out for ice cream, and when she came back with her the child had changed her story," Allen wrote in the New York Times Friday night.

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"I naïvely thought the accusation would be dismissed out of hand because of course, I hadn't molested Dylan and any rational person would see the ploy for what it was. Common sense would prevail. After all, I was a 56-year-old man who had never before (or after) been accused of child molestation," Allen writes.

However, in a statement to ABC News, Dylan Farrow stood by her claims.

"Woody Allen has an arsenal of lawyers and publicists but the one thing he does not have on his side is the truth," she said. "I hope this is the end of his vicious attacks and of the media campaign by his lawyers and publicists as he's promised. I won't let the truth be buried and I won't be silenced."

Mia Farrow did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Allen and Farrow broke up in 1992 after Farrow discovered he was involved in a relationship with her oldest adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. Allen and Previn later married and have two adopted daughters.

"Of course, I did not molest Dylan. I loved her and hope one day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a loving father and exploited by a mother more interested in her own festering anger than her daughter's well-being," Allen recounted.

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"Not that I doubt Dylan hasn't come to believe she's been molested, but if from the age of 7 a vulnerable child is taught by a strong mother to hate her father because he is a monster who abused her, is it so inconceivable that after many years of this indoctrination the image of me Mia wanted to establish had taken root?" Allen added.

Allen was investigated on child molestation claims for the alleged 1992 incident in Connecticut, but prosecutors elected not to charge him.

Last year, Mia Farrow told Vanity Fair that Frank Sinatra is "possibly" the father of her son Ronan and not Allen.

In the NYT piece, Allen says: "Granted, he looks a lot like Frank with the blue eyes and facial features, but if so what does this say? That all during the custody hearing Mia lied under oath and falsely represented Ronan as our son? Even if he is not Frank's, the possibility she raises that he could be, indicates she was secretly intimate with him during our years," Allen writes in the Times. "Not to mention all the money I paid for child support. Was I supporting Frank's son? Again, I want to call attention to the integrity and honesty of a person who conducts her life like that," he added.

Dylan Farrow's open letter came shortly after Allen received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes for a lifetime of critically acclaimed movies. Shortly after the awards telecast, Ronan Farrow slammed Allen on Twitter.