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Woody Allen Claims Dylan Farrow Says He Raped Her Just So She Could Get Some Ice Cream

Celebrity Sightings In New York City - February 1, 2014Last 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 FarrowIt’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.

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  • keelhaulrose

    He’s making my skin crawl, and Hollywood isn’t helping by glorifying men who do things like this.
    Some men have talent, but talent should never be an excuse for a ‘get out of jail free’ card.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      word. way to deflect dude. I have never liked him, I am biased. Him and Polanski can go live under a rock together

    • Lindsey

      My biggest problem with this whole thing is that Mia Farrow calls Woody Allen these horrible names for what he did(allegedly) to Dylan, but has no problem with Polanski? In what universe does that make sense?

    • Miriam

      It’s unclear that she has no problem with Polanski. This seems to be one of the talking points that has stuck from the Weide “Daily Beast” hit piece article, but Mia’s tweeted that she is not still friends with Polanski. The trial she testified at in 2005 was a libel trial concerning events that took place around Sharon Tate’s funeral. Mia testified on behalf of Polanski, but if you presume she was testifying honestly, that doesn’t mean anything more than Polanski’s lawyer knew Mia was present for the events in question. It’s not like she was vouching for his character or defending him in the context of his rape conviction. She was simply testifying to what she remembered of an event that happened.

  • tk88

    He’s always been a slime ball and I don’t understand why anyone could doubt this new story about about after he’s been with young and teenage girls for DECADES, even his own step/adopted daughter. No piece of art (no matter how “amazing”) is worth ignoring the suffering of another human being.

    • Lindsey

      Soon-Yi was never his adopted daughter, or anything close. She was his girlfriend’s daughter and they had little to do with each other until Mia suggested that he get to know her better, after she was of age. Mia and Woody’s relationship ended soon after and that was all of this other stuff happened. I’m not saying this to support that Woody Allen is a good guy(because I’ve no idea), but to simply state the facts, which far too many people are ignoring in this case.

    • Miriam

      I think it’s more complicated than that. Soon-Yi wasn’t his adopted daughter, but I don’t think it’s inaccurate to refer to her as his stepdaughter. Once Dylan came into the picture, Allen was a daily presence in the Farrow household. He sounds like he was a neglectful, kind of horrible presence, but he was there. His presence and actions were enough to cause Moses to ask Woody to be his father. He may not have been an active parental figure for Soon-Yi herself, but he was an active parental figure in the household of which Soon-Yi was part of. His access to her was based on his stepfather like role.

    • JLH1986

      He was still a wealthy famous much older man taking advantage of a barely legal girl. She may have been legal, but it’s still creepy to me and as a parent I would be very not happy to know my 19 year old was involved in that sort of relationship.

  • Alicia Kiner

    I’ve never watched any of his movies, they all seemed too creepy to me. Now I finally know why. I find it interesting that he’s “innocent” but isn’t outraged or doing anything an actual innocent person would do to clear his name. All he does is say he’s innocent because he’s claustrophobic?! Really? And yes, ice cream would totally make a 7 yr old girl make up that kind of story. Jeez. Creep

  • Maria Guido

    He is a piece of work.

  • CMJ

    Ugh. Fuck. Ugh. Go straight to hell. Do not pass go.

  • Ddaisy

    I find it way more plausible that he is lying than that Dylan is. He stands to lose a career, awards, powerful friends, of course he’ll deny the accusations whether they’re true or not. He has every motivation to lie.

    She has less than zero motivation to lie. Who would willingly put themselves through the public gauntlet with nothing to gain if it weren’t true?

    I also was deeply uncomfortable with how scathing his attacks on Mia were. Maybe it’s true that she was/is a crazy psychotic bitch, I don’t know, but it was totally unnecessary to say all that publicly. And it has no bearing on the issue, because a) Dylan’s a grown adult now; these are her accusations and not Mia’s, and b) crazy bitches can be victims (or mothers of victims) too.

    And if he really wants to throw Mia’s character into question, there seem to be an equal number of sketchy behaviours in his past, so it really doesn’t tip the scales anyway.

    Of course, there is an infinitesimal chance that Dylan is lying and he is not, but it just seems deeply, deeply implausible. He disgusts me.

    • Bunny Lucia

      I always love the “Crazy ex” fiasco. Because 9 out of 10 times she’s probably sane and rational and a good person, but the person calling her the crazy ex is the one that drove her insane, the person calling the other a “crazy ex” is usually so self absorbed that they can’t see their own failings and instead seek to invalidate the feelings of the one who’s been wronged. Luckily most of the time it’s less extreme things like,

      “Don’t listen to her, she’s crazy. I’m not going to cheat on you.”
      “Don’t listen to her, she’s crazy, and she was not and is not my girlfriend. I promise.”

      I can see exactly why Woody Allan made her into a “crazy ex.” Telling people that someone’s crazy is a fantastic way to get a large group of people to start doubting said person. If she’s crazy and just vengeful that he left her for another woman than “of course” she’d lie about something so extreme! To get revenge! Because us women, we lie all the time. Or at least that’s what Woody Allen is trying to say

    • Shelly Lloyd

      Actually there is recognized form of mental abuse known as “Gaslighting” also some times called “crazy making” where the abuser very subtly causes the victim to doubt their own perception or sanity. It often makes the victim appears to be the “crazy ex.”

    • Bunny Lucia

      I know all about gas lighting. It happens to sexual abuse survivors daily.

      I know an assault survivor who said the assault itself was not very traumatic, but the aftermath is what caused her to lose it a bit.

    • MegzWray

      The same way a verbally-abusive husband might call someone a “piece of shit” so long that they finally start to believe it. Even though they are the primary care-giver, bread-winner, etc., they break them down so much over time they they start to doubt themselves. I can see that.

  • keanesian

    He’s definitely an expert at deflection. But whenever people take his word, it’s hard not to just paste these ten facts about the case that the original Vanity Fair writer put together recently: http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2014/02/woody-allen-sex-abuse-10-facts

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      I saw that this morning too

    • MegzWray

      That is a very disturbing and informative article.

  • guest

    He talks about Dylan as if she’s perpetually 7 and can’t possibly have the mind of an adult woman, able to talk about what happened to her independent of her mother.

    • Lindsey

      Because, he knows that children are susceptible to parent’s influence. I’m not saying that Mia Farrow implanted these memories, but if she had, Dylan would probably not be able to distinguish them from reality. It’s actually very easy to mess with memory. So, at worst, she was raped by her father. At best, she was convinced by her mother that she was raped by her father and then kept from her father.

    • Roberta

      While I agree that kids can be susceptible to what their parents tell them, that is generally over weeks, months, and years of conditioning. Your mind doesn’t flip flop over an hour or so.

    • Heather C

      It’s not uncommon for abusers to forever see their victims as the person they were when the abuse happened.

    • AugustW

      This.

  • Angela

    That must have been a hell of an ice cream scoop to get her to continue and speak out now that she’s an adult and subject herself to all the victim-blaming and criticism she endured. Yep, it’s all just about ice cream.

  • Lillian

    Having read the whole piece, it’s clearly not about ice cream, and allen clearly thinks Dylan farrow doesn’t believe she’s lying. Him molesting Dylan farrow would actually be uncharacteristic, as he seems to have a case of ebephilia (attraction to teens) as opposed to pedophilia (attraction to children)

    • brebay

      Why, because he doesn’t go public with it until they’re teens?

    • Miriam

      If you read any of Maureen Orth’s Vanity Fair pieces about Allen and Mia Farrow, Allen was in therapy for inappropriate behavior with Dylan several years before the molestation was reported. Orth’s piece documents it with descriptions from the psychiatrist, testimony from caregivers, and family members. Apparently, his behavior was so concerning that babysitters were instructed to never leave Dylan alone with him.

      For whatever reason, his behavior with Dylan was uncharacteristic. Per the judge’s report in the custody dispute, she’s the only child of the Farrow/Previn clan he took any active interest in until Soon-Yi, although he had some engagement with Moses (in response to Moses acting Woody to be a father). Allen appears to have been creepily and dangerously obsessed with Dylan from the start. Given how messed up Allen’s boundaries are and how he is still unable to understand the problems with his relationship with Soon-Yi, I don’t think it’s impossible that Allen does not understand his actions with Dylan as molesting her or originating from a sexual impulse. Maybe they didn’t even originate from a sexual impulse but rather from a desire for ownership or consumption. If interested, you can read the report at http://www.vanityfair.com/dam/2014/02/woody-allen-1992-custody-suit.pdf.

    • ElleJai

      That was an interesting read. As the judge said, since Mia had no idea he’d been alone with Dylan at the time Dylan made the accusations, why would she encourage her daughter to lie about assault at a time she thought Dylan had been in the constant presence of a babysitter?

      The babysitter didn’t come clean about losing track of her until AFTER Dylan spoke up.

      And there was nothing in the statements regarding his parenting to lead me to believe he was any good at it, just incredibly, creepily, obsessed with his daughter to the point he was in therapy over it.

      His judgement is so off he’s lost all sight of normality in the rear view mirror long ago.

  • Courtney Lynn

    That is so disturbing and disgusting. I’ve never seen his movies, I don’t find him funny and I’ve never understood his appeal. Thank God.

  • Alex

    “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.”

    Honest, non-snarky question: what WOULD it take (from Allen, anyway) to get you to believe that he did not abuse Farrow?

    • brebay

      The lack of a living, speaking victim.

    • Alex

      Thanks for making my point. If the answer is essentially “nothing”, then why even include that part in the article? I’m not sure that there’s anything he could do or say that would help “put the public’s mind at ease”, so why bother feigning any possibility that you could be swayed?

    • brebay

      I didn’t make your point. I tried, but I couldn’t get my I.Q. low enough.

    • Alex

      No, you helped make my point. I just didn’t explain it well enough for you to understand.

    • Bunny Lucia

      She’s not the writer of the article.

    • Alex

      I was primarily referring to “you” collectively, not individually.

    • AugustW

      Video tape of him somewhere else at the exact times she says it happened? That’s pretty much it. Otherwise I’m team Dylan.

    • CrazyFor Kate

      If Dylan came out and stated that she was told by her mother to make it up, maybe? Doubt that will happen though, and even if she did, there would still be doubt as to whether she was coerced by the other side.

    • Bunny Lucia

      Here’s the thing;
      Dylan Farrow has described symptoms of PTSD, and it’s really hard to fake PTSD. True, I do not know her personally, I have never been around her when she has been experiencing symptoms of it, so I don’t know.

      BUT

      What does she have to gain by going public with her story? She is an extremely private person, she’s even changed her name to stay out of the spotlight.
      There is no money compensation, and maybe if she was shilling a book or screenplay I’d doubt her, but at this moment all she’s getting is support in the form of words from online strangers, but along with support, she is also getting a lot of hate. For someone who changed her name to stay OUT of the spotlight, one would think that if it weren’t true she would just let it slowly fade away.

    • JLH1986

      Honest, non-snarky question: What WOULD it take from Dylan to get you to believe that Allen abused her?

    • Alex

      An accusation as detailed as hers.

    • Alex

      I guess I should clarify. I don’t believe that Allen did not abuse Farrow, but I also didn’t quite understand why Eve included phrases to indicate that there might be pieces of evidence or statements that could change her mind. It’s obvious that there aren’t (which is fine, I’m not sure that there are either), so I don’t really get what the last paragraph adds to the article.

    • JLH1986

      Yea that wasn’t clear. So the issue isn’t with her position, just the writing which suggests that her mind could be changed. Whereas she is suggesting in other parts of the article that she 100% believes Allen did abuse Farrow.

  • Name

    I believe Dylan. I am the a survivor

  • Tabitha666

    I believe Dylan. I am a survivor of incest, & it’s so hard to talk about, even 30 years later. My father, just like that POS Woody Allen, denies what he did to my sister & me. It’s like if he says it enough, it didn’t happen. Classic abuser bullshit. IT DID HAPPEN, & NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU DENY IT, YOU DID IT!!! To an INNOCENT CHILD!!! I really hope that my ‘sperm donor’ dies a most painful death, then maybe he’ll realize what his actions did to somebody whose biggest mistake was trusting them.

    • Tabitha666

      I still have nightmares, & I’m almost 50 years old. This is probably why I have insomnia. I’m afraid to go to sleep, because he can get me there.

    • Bunny Lucia

      Have you seen a therapist, darling? There is help out there. Support networks and the like. It’s never too late to get better, I promise.

  • Mary

    Since you failed to link Woody’s open letter, I had to search for it, found it and read it. I’m glad I did. I believe Woody, I believed Dylan until I read his response.
    I believe him. His details are undeniable AND he was proven innocent.

    • Ennis Demeter

      He was not proven innocent. That’s not even a thing that happens. No body has to prove innocence in our legal system. The prosecutors decided not to bring charges, and they said they made that decision so Dylan wouldn’t have to go through a trial. There was a civil case about child custody. The molestation accusation was a part of that case, although not as a criminal charge and with a lower standard of proof. Allen lost, and he lost spectacularly. The judge was pretty hard on him in his ruling.

  • AugustW

    Unless given a powerful reason (like video) I will always start out believing the victim. It’s not an easy allegation to make and just because some tiny percentage may do it untruthfully doesn’t diminish the pain that those who are coming forward truthfully are feeling.

  • Lee

    The man married his own adopted daughter. She admitted that their sexual relationship started when she was 16 years old. Why does anyone believe what this sick man has to say?

  • Kelly

    Who is buying her the ice cream now? It doesn’t seem like she’s getting any ice cream for it at this point. She’s just been insulted all over the internet. Even Stephen King said her words reeked of “palpable bitchery.” And I used to like him…

    She’s getting nothing out of it but hate and insults and crazy accusations. Why would she lie for that?

  • http://www.max-logic.com/ maxfab

    I was pretty much convinced he did it before this, and his response just solidified it for me because to me this is how a sociopath would respond in this situation. No father who cares a sh!t about his child could respond to her suffering in such a cold way. It’s so chilling and dispassionate and even his use of the past tense “loved her” just shows that no matter what happened, something is not right about him as a father to Dylan (and probably the rest of his kids).

  • Williwaw

    A lot of the comments I have read about this are disturbing, both the ones that say “Dylan is a liar” and the ones that say “Woody did it”. The fact is, no one who wasn’t there knows whether he did it or not. I think child sexual abuse is a horrible thing, and I wish there were a way to unequivocally identify all the perpetrators so they could be brought to justice, but there isn’t. Maybe he did it. Maybe he didn’t do it, and Dylan was brainwashed by her mother into believing it, to the point where she now genuinely believes it. Or, maybe Dylan is lying. We don’t know.

    The Innocence Project has shown that many people have been wrongfully convicted of sexual crimes, often on the basis of eyewitness testimony (which could have been lies or merely mistakes). The ritual abuse hysteria of the 1980s has shown that children are very suggestible and can easily be coerced into saying things that didn’t happen (that weren’t even physically possible, in some cases), and that false memories can easily be implanted into children through coercive questioning. Lives have been ruined by coerced testimony from children that was later shown to have been entirely false. Angry exes sling accusations at each other all the time, and one of the hardest to disprove is that of sexual abuse. And I certainly know from personal experience of cases where an angry spouse went to ridiculous, harmful-to-the-child lengths to poison a child against their ex-spouse.

    Look, what I have read about Woody Allen says that he is not a very nice person (at least not one I would choose to be friends with). I also think that many children make accusations about sexual abuse that are true and, unfortunately, cannot be substantiated due to lack of physical evidence or witnesses, so the child never knows the closure of seeing their accuser brought to justice and of having everyone around them believe them. I also think that children occasionally do make false accusations of abuse, probably in most cases due to the urging of someone who wants to get even with the target of the accusation. This situation sucks, no matter what the truth is.

    Our justice system presumes innocence, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. One of the most despised things you can be in our culture is a child molester. If we start assuming people are guilty because there is a horrible-sounding accusation made against them, we will be heading back into the mindset of the Salem witch hunts. Yes, I hate it that child molesters walk free, and I hate it that children are molested and in many cases, not believed. Justice is not always done. I see no easy answer. However, I’ll at least be honest and say that I don’t know what happened. It’s comforting to be certain, and there’s nothing like that circling-the-wagons feeling of publicly castigating a rapist. However, in this case, I have to be honest and say I don’t know what happened. If he did it, that’s horrible, and I wish there were a way to jail him for it. If he didn’t do it, that’s also horrible, because being branded a child molester is pretty awful. I don’t know which it is, and neither does anyone who wasn’t there.