Woody Allen is yet to personally address Dylan Farrow's scathing accusations that he sexually abused her as a child.
A rep for the actor came out this week and referred to the claims as disgraceful and untrue, however, and now Allen's attorney has given a passionate defense of his client during an appearance on Today.
"His reaction is one of overwhelming sadness because of what has happened to Dylan," Elkan Abramowitz said of the director, explaining that Allen believes Dylan to be a "pawn" in a long-time feud between him and her mother, Mia Farrow.
"The idea that she was molested was implanted in her by her mother," Abramowitz said. "That memory is never going to go away. So the fact that she says this now, that it happened 20 years ago, is totally understandable."
Yes, Allen's take - or at least that of his lawyer - is that Dylan actually thinks she was assaulted as a seven-year old.
"In my view, she's not lying. I think she truly believes this happened," Abramowitz said. That's what the vice of this is. When you implant a story in a fragile 7-year-old's mind, it stays there forever. It never goes away."
Dylan wrote an open letter in The New York Times over the weekend that detailed abuse at the hands of Allen... and also lashed out at Hollywood for standing by the star.
Abramowitz cited the investigation in the early 1990s by Yale-New Haven Hospital that stated no sexual abuse had taken place between Allen and Farrow, emphasized that Allen will NOT be suing for defamation and concluded of Dylan's assertions:
"I think that it's a continuation of Mia Farrow's desire to hurt Woody Allen. And Woody Allen is now riding fairly high. He got the Golden Globe Award for lifetime achievement, which he totally deserved. And I believe it revived the anger that she has toward him."
Early this morning, prior to the attorney's appearance on NBC, Mia Farrow Tweeted:
"I love my daughter. I will always protect her. A lot of ugliness is going to be aimed at me. But this is not about me, it's about her truth."
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