Woody Allen takes to the New York Times to rebut for what he says will be the final time accusations that he molested daughter Dylan. The charges were "crazy" when Mia Farrow raised them 21 years ago, and a police investigation not only cleared him but concluded that Dylan suffered no abuse and may have been coached by her mother, he writes. Allen repeatedly casts doubt on Mia Farrow's credibility, suggesting that she has brainwashed Dylan as part of a personal vendetta against him because of his marriage to Farrow's adopted daughter Soon-Yi. (He quotes Farrow telling his sister, "He took my daughter, now I'll take his.") Allen says he doesn't doubt that Dylan believes she was molested, but he blames years of "indoctrination" by a "strong mother" for that.
In fact, he even suggests that Mia may have written, or "at least guided," the New York Times piece under Dylan's name last week that brought the matter to a heated new level. "Of course, I did not molest Dylan," the director writes. "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 adds that he doesn't want to discourage victims from speaking out, "but one must bear in mind that sometimes there are people who are falsely accused and that is also a terribly destructive thing." He concludes with a promise that this will be his "final word" on the matter, because "enough people have been hurt." Click to read his rebuttal in full.