Last night Woody Allen wrote his own open letter to The New York Times in regard to the sexual abuse allegations that were posted in The New York Times from Dylan Farrow. It’s interesting that this article was posted on a Friday night, sort of an odd time considering the majority of people in America don’t spend a lot of time web surfing right at the start of the weekend, and what’s even more bizarre is that his letter is just so scathing and ugly towards Mia Farrow, it reads more like hate mail than anything that would put the public’s mind at ease towards whether or not he actually sexually abused his daughter.
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.
He also goes on to say that the reason Dylan made these allegations at age seven is so she could have some ice cream:
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.
I find this so offensive because I don’t care how old someone is, most victims realize that when they make allegations of this type it’s a pretty serious matter. To say that all it took for Dylan to change her mind about the molestation was a scoop of vanilla is absurd on so many levels. He also mentions that there is no way he could have molested Dylan in the attic due to his claustrophobia.
Even the venue where the fabricated molestation was supposed to have taken place was poorly chosen but interesting. Mia chose the attic of her country house, a place she should have realized I’d never go to because it is a tiny, cramped, enclosed spot where one can hardly stand up and I’m a major claustrophobe. The one or two times she asked me to come in there to look at something, I did, but quickly had to run out. Undoubtedly the attic idea came to her from the Dory Previn song, “With My Daddy in the Attic.”
Yep, sure, case closed, he never went into the attic.
The issue with this entire thing is that it’s all a matter of he said/she said and claiming that the abuse never happened because he is scared of attics and Dylan was bought with an ice cream cone doesn’t do anything to prove Woody’s innocence, at the very most all it proves is he is excellent at deflecting away from the actual issue. Which is a rape.
Allen ends his letter with “ (This piece will be my final word on this entire matter and no one will be responding on my behalf to any further comments on it by any party. Enough people have been hurt.)” but we all know that isn’t true, because Dylan will fire back and he will fire back again and this is just how things work.
I appreciate that he took the time to reply to the rape allegations, but it’s going to take a lot more than some ice cream and a fear of an attic to get me to believe something awful didn’t actually happen.