Woody Allen Responds to Ronan Farrow Essay

The director and comedian spoke out during a lunch at Cannes.

Allen also referenced a 2014 guest column he wrote in the New York Times, where he responded to the past allegations by writing, "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."

After saying that this New York Times column was his only full rebuttal to the accusations, which first began in the early 90's and resurfaced in 2014, he added, "I have moved so far past it. I never think about it. I work. I said I was never going to comment on it again. I said everything I have to say about it."

In Ronan Farrow's piece for the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, the journalist shared his disgust for the continued reverence of Allen, 80, despite his sister's claims.

Still, Allen was vehement at the luncheon that "I never read anything," including the Farrow piece.

"I never read what you say about me or the reviews of my film. I made the decision I think five years ago never to read a review of my movie. Never read an interview. Never read anything, because you can easily become obsessed with yourself," he continued. "Forget about all that. Just work. It’s worked for me. I’ve been very productive over the years by not thinking about myself."

Allen closed by saying, "I’ve said all I have to say about it."

Allen has consistently denied the abuse allegations and charges were never filed by authorities.