As more actors turn their backs on the director amid growing pressure from the #MeToo and "Time's Up" movements, Woody Allen issued a blistering response Thursday to the renewed allegations that he molested his estranged adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.
Allen issued his statement in part in response to Farrow's first interview on CBS. In an interview with "This Morning" host Gayle King, Farrow accused Allen of sexually assaulting her when she was seven years old, an allegation she has made for over 20 years and one Allen has vehemently denied.
On Thursday, Allen once again issued a denial, this time slamming the Farrow family for "cynically" using the Time's Up movement to revive the allegations.
"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," said Allen in a statement, AFP reports. "I never molested my daughter -- as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago."
In response to an op-ed written by Farrow in December, a representative of Allen recently reiterated the director's denial, pointing to multiple investigations conducted when Farrow first made the claim as evidence that Allen is "innocent."
"Dylan Farrow’s allegations against Woody Allen, which she first made 25 years ago, have been thoroughly examined by law enforcement officials and child welfare investigators," said Allen's representative. "The investigators concluded unambiguously that Dylan Farrow was not sexually abused. No charges were ever filed, and the reason is simple: because Woody Allen is innocent."
In the interview with King that aired Thursday, Farrow, 32, said her adoptive father is "lying."
"He's lying and he's been lying for so long," a tearful Farrow said in response to a clip of Allen denying the accusation.
Farrow says he was "always" touching and "cuddling" her and "often" asked her to sleep with him in bed while he was only in his underwear, or she was in hers. The truly horrifying incident, she claims, occurred in an attic crawl space, where she says Allen touched her private parts.
Asked by King if she was trying to "bring down" Allen, an emotional Farrow responded, "Why shouldn't I want to bring him down? Why shouldn't I be angry? Why shouldn't I be hurt? Why shouldn't I feel some sort of outrage that after all these years, being ignored and disbelieved and tossed aside?"
Farrow's brother, journalist Ronan Farrow, has become one of the more vocal critics of his father. In an op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter in 2016, Ronan Farrow wrote, "I believe my sister. This was always true as a brother who trusted her, and, even at 5 years old, was troubled by our father's strange behavior around her: climbing into her bed in the middle of the night, forcing her to suck his thumb — behavior that had prompted him to enter into therapy focused on his inappropriate conduct with children prior to the allegations." Ronan Farrow pointed readers to the "credible" and "well-documented" facts supporting his sister's allegations "meticulously reported by journalist Maureen Orth in Vanity Fair" and "a custody ruling that found Woody Allen's behavior 'grossly inappropriate' and stressed that 'measures must be taken to protect [Dylan].'"
Amid the #MeToo wave, a growing list of actors have publicly denounced Allen. One prominent actor who has come to Allen's defense, however, is Alec Baldwin, who echoed Allen's assertion that multiple investigations resulted in no charges. "Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed," Baldwin tweeted Tuesday. "The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose. But it’s unfair and sad to me. I worked w WA 3 times and it was one of the privileges of my career."