Woody Allen has called renewed claims by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow that he sexually abused her as a child both disgraceful and untrue.
In an open letter published Saturday in the New York Times, Dylan Farrow accused Allen of molesting her in a "dim, closet-like attic" at age seven.
Allen was investigated at the time of the incident, but was not charged. The director’s publicist, Leslee Dart, said Allen would respond directly "very soon."
Dart pointed out that "a thorough investigation was conducted by court-appointed independent experts" when the abuse allegations were first made.
"The experts concluded there was no credible evidence of molestation," and that "[Farrow] had an inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality," she said.
Moreover, Woody Allen’s publicist noted that at the time, investigators believed that "Dylan Farrow had likely been coached by her mother Mia Farrow."
At the time a panel of psychologists, appointed by U.S. prosecutors and the police, concluded that Dylan had not been molested in the bombshell case.
Allen has previously accused Dylan’s mother, Mia Farrow, of fabricating the claims after their break-up in 1992 and has always maintained his innocence.
However, a prosecutor later said there had been "probable cause" to charge Woody Allen, but he had chosen not to, in order to protect the child.
Now, two decades later, Dylan Farrow recounts an incident in which she says Allen "told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set."
Then, she writes, "he sexually abused me".
Dylan Farrow, now 28 and living in Florida under a different name, said she developed an eating disorder and was self-harming following the abuse.
"That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up," she writes. "Sexual abuse claims against the powerful stall more easily."
"There were experts willing to attack my credibility."
She said she decided to break her silence after two decades, when Woody Allen’s latest film, Blue Jasmine, was nominated for an Oscar last week.
"What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?" Farrow wrote, name-checking the stars of his film.
Blanchett responded to the piece saying: "It’s obviously been a long and painful situation for the family and I hope they find some resolution and peace."
Mia Farrow became romantically involved with Woody Allen in the 1980s. The pair, who never married, jointly adopted Dylan and her brother, Moses.
The couple split in 1992 amid revelations that Allen had an affair with another adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, Soon-Yi, who he is now married to.
The molestation allegations surfaced shortly after the breakup.
Allen said in a statement then that "an unconscionable and gruesomely damaging manipulation of innocent children for vindictive and self-serving motives."
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