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Woody Allen responds in an open letter

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In a nearly 2,000-word open letter punctuated with rhetorical questions and decades-old anecdotes, notoriously media-shy Woody Allen defended himself against renewed claims that he molested adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow 21 years ago. Allen’s response was published online Friday night by The New York Times, nearly a week after the same publication released an open letter from Dylan Farrow in which she claimed that in 1992 at the family’s Connecticut home, Allen led her to a ‘‘dim, closet-like attic’’ and ‘‘then he sexually assaulted me.’’ Dylan Farrow didn’t specify Allen’s actions, but described other abusive behavior. ‘‘Of course, I did not molest Dylan,’’ Allen wrote. ‘‘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 was investigated for the alleged molestation, but was never charged. A team of child abuse specialists from the Yale-New Haven Hospital, brought in to the case by prosecutors and police, concluded that Dylan Farrow had not been molested. The 78-year-old director spent the majority of his letter lashing out against ex-partner Mia Farrow, calling her vindictive, spiteful, and malevolent. He said he believes Mia Farrow concocted the details recounted by Dylan Farrow. Their split followed the discovery of an affair between Allen and an adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, Soon-Yi Previn, when Previn was about 19. (Her official date of birth is uncertain.) Allen and Previn married in 1997 and have two adopted daughters. He also addressed the claim by Mia Farrow that her ex-husband Frank Sinatra could be the father of son Ronan Farrow, not Allen. ‘‘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,’’ said Allen. ‘‘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.’’

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