Just a few days after Woody Allen’s camp responded to Dylan Farrow’s letter in The New York Times (in which Farrow renewed allegations of sexual abuse), Allen himself addressed the issue directly with a letter penned to the Times. Titled “Woody Allen Speaks Out,” the letter largely rehashes Allen’s past talking points regarding the decades-long family drama—namely Mia Farrow’s “vindictiveness” that led the actress to use Dylan as “pawn for revenge”—while maintaining the writer-director’s innocence.
“One must ask, did Dylan even write the letter or was it at least guided by her mother?” Allen speculated. “Does the letter really benefit Dylan or does it simply advance her mother’s shabby agenda? That is to hurt me with a smear. There is even a lame attempt to do professional damage by trying to involve movie stars, which smells a lot more like Mia than Dylan.”
“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.”
Notably, Allen also chose to address “the Ronan situation” (Ronan Farrow has long been speculated to be the son of Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra), asserting that the lack of clarity on the matter only calls Mia Farrow’s character into question. Allen concluded that his letter would be his “final word” on the matter and would not respond to further allegations, such as Dylan Farrow’s response (to Allen’s response) made to Variety just hours later.