Woody Allen’s Defense In The New York Times Only Makes Him Look More Guilty

Woody Allen attending premiere of 'To Rome With Love' in Paris June 2012

Woody Allen‘s personal response to the open letter penned by Dylan Farrow has been published in The New York Times, and I have to say that for me, it only makes him look worse. In case you need an update on the situation, or help keeping all of the facts straight, feel free to read our guide to understanding the accusations. In terms of Allen’s response, it’s only my opinion –based on my own life experiences– but I have always believed that the more defensive someone gets about something, the more apparent their guilt is.  While Woody Allen offered a lengthy, well-written response, it was so full of distractions and the complete vilification of Mia and Ronan Farrow that I couldn’t take it seriously.  In fact, several parts simply disgusted me, but I’ll let you come to your own conclusions:

Twenty-one years ago, when I first heard Mia Farrow had accused me of child molestation, I found the idea so ludicrous I didn’t give it a second thought. We were involved in a terribly acrimonious breakup, with great enmity between us and a custody battle slowly gathering energy. The self-serving transparency of her malevolence seemed so obvious I didn’t even hire a lawyer to defend myself. It was my show business attorney who told me she was bringing the accusation to the police and I would need a criminal lawyer.

Right off the bat, he’s intent on painting Mia Farrow as “woman scorned” in order to distract from the fact that he’s been accused of an incredibly serious, horrifying crime for over twenty years.  I don’t know about you, but I am so over the whole “batshit crazy woman” defense.  If nothing else, it’s too lazy and sexist to be even remotely justified. But that’s not the only contemptible part of his self-defense, in case you were wondering.  He decided to throw Ronan Farrow under the bus, too, because if he’s truly Frank Sinatra’s son then Woody Allen couldn’t possibly be a child molester.  (?!)

I pause here for a quick word on the Ronan situation. Is he my son or, as Mia suggests, Frank Sinatra’s? Granted, he looks a lot like Frank with the blue eyes and facial features, but if so what does this say? That all during the custody hearing Mia lied under oath and falsely represented Ronan as our son? Even if he is not Frank’s, the possibility she raises that he could be, indicates she was secretly intimate with him during our years. Not to mention all the money I paid for child support. Was I supporting Frank’s son? Again, I want to call attention to the integrity and honesty of a person who conducts her life like that.

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    • scallywag

      It’s interesting to note that Woody Allen keeps responding to Mia, as if Mia is accusing him, as if this is his word against Mia, and as if he could denigrate Mia enough these problems would go away.

      But this is about Dylan. She’s a grown adult now. This isn’t about what Mia said or did- this is about what Dylan. Attacking Mia’s sexual history allows him to completely miss the point, to defend himself without ever addressing the real issue and the real victim. In Woody Allen’s mind it is clear he is the real victim and no one else.

      In the end one doesn’t know what to necessarily think, who to believe, but that said one comes away with the knowledge some kind of irreparable damage has been done amongst a family that at one point used to care and love each other and that is the pang.


    • carrie thompson

      Woody can’t respond directly to Dylan, because I don’t think he has a credible reason why a 28 year-old woman who has lived her life completely out of the spotlight (including changing her name) and has had no contact with him for 21 years would be so certain about the abuse. What could he say about Dylan? She has been plotting for 21 years to ruin his career, she is bringing all of this up to get a book deal or reality tv gig, what?

      So instead of actually addressing her statements now as an adult, he turns it to Mia because the “crazy vengeful woman” defense will play in the court of public opinion. And plenty of people believe him, I’ve been reading the comments over on Vulture and Vanity Fair. They feel that Mia and Dylan have been “hysterical” about this (forgetting that Mia actually made no statement other than a tweet of support for her daughter), while Woody has been “calm and well-reasoned.” Sadly, it reinforces what Dylan has been saying all along, that Woody is shielding himself by saying Mia was just crazy mad, ya’ll.

      I do agree with you that Mia made a major lapse in judgment when she allowed her relationship with Woody to continue even after he was in therapy for his inappropriateness with Dylan.

      • Kelly17

        If she truly wanted out of the spotlight, she would have gone to the police to get justice and file charges instead of methodically hurting his reputation. I think Woody’s letter was articulate, I believe that he is completely innocent.

      • carrie thompson

        First, she can’t file criminal charges- that decision rests with the prosecutor’s office. Second, I don’t know what the statute of limitations is in Connecticut, but it might have passed in this case.

        I totally understand why people feel that this is better suited for a criminal trial than a public debate, because it probably is. Unfortunately, the prosecutor in the original investigation declined to file charges, despite making a public statement that he had probable cause to do so- which muddied the waters, because it was never conclusively determined by a criminal justice system in the first place. So now we’re dealing with a “he said, she said” 21 years later without the finality that a criminal judgment of either guilt or innocence would bring.

    • Polly

      Am I the only one who thinks it is creepy that his two adopted daughters with Soon-Yi look exactly like Soon-Yi and Dylan? Also the way he interacts with them is creepy. He does not look fatherly toward them. Holding them while they look upset and don’t seem to be wanting him to do that. Holding the Asian ones hand all the time. Touching the small of her back. Also seeing her on his lap is creepy because you don’t get a father-daughter vibe. He is so disgusting and should not have been allowed to adopt more young girls. I just pray they are not getting abused.

      • Elizabeth Aspen

        I’ve thought about how he was able to adopt those kids, and obviously it’s money and using his celebrity. I’d like to know who facilitated these adoptions because I’m pretty sure if one has been accused of child molestation and even though cleared of it, it’s on record that he had “grossly inappropriate” conduct with the child, a legitimate adoption would not have been approved. And yes, I believe those kids are being abused and Soon-Yi has her head in the sand. Child molesters are NOT rehab-able.

      • Queencinaty

        I agree. As horrible as it is, pedophiles have their preference set on younger ones. It’s like heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality: it’s how they are. With that, I do believe that some are trying to not act on it because, you know, they themselves think it’s not right.

        Then there’s Woody Allen and some, if not most, Hollywood higher-ups (side-eyeing Disney people).

        I just wish that the adoption agency will stop letting pedophiles adopt willy-nilly and think of the child’s welfare (mental and emotional).

    • Caleb

      It’s funny when he talks about how it would have been illogical to become a child molester at that time. Because child molestation is so logical.

      • Cassandra Hough

        Exactly- saying its “illogical” is not a defense.

      • Samantha Escobar

        I always find that argument so incredibly stupid, too. People have been doing the whole, “He’s claustrophobic so it JUST DOESN’T MAKE SENSE THAT HE’S DO THAT IN THE ATTIC” as though being a child molester is somehow out of the question simply because he may have had to overcome one of his phobias in order to ruin a kid’s life. Sigh.

    • Toby

      Allen is manipulating the facts, spinning overtime. Vanity Fair links to a PDF file of the original court documents. He lies about custody battle which predated the divorce. Three babysitters could not find Dylan for 20 minutes anywhere, when she was with Allen. He denies the sibling bonds between adopted and birth children, as if adoption gives him free reign to treat Farrow’s household as “dating” site. All this erupted after a pediatrician treating Dylan reported to police as bound by law, not Farrow.

    • Elizabeth Aspen

      Obviously, he’s guilty, no question about that. What I do question is, besides his money and I guess, power, what on earth could any woman possibly find attractive enough about this man to want to sleep with/live with/marry him? I look at him and just think, ewww. He’s short, ugly, seems to have a truly shitty personality, so I just don’t get it. Huge shlong? Even that wouldn’t be enough to keep me in a room with him. And yet, he’s had some of the biggest names in Hollywood, not to mention, quite a few very young women. Just don’t get it.

      • Cassandra Hough

        While I think that’s a secondary issue here, I would not mind starting a dialogue about it.

      • Louis

        What’s wrong with being short? And why the hate against men who aren’t conventionally attractive? Women love Woody Allen because of his work and his genius. There are more things in life than being tall and attractive… simpleton.

    • ink

      I don’t take accusations of abuse lightly and most are truth BUT I consider the timing very suspicious and one child of Mia’s defending Woody very curious..saying she told him and made him hate WA, not to mention a pedo doesn’t just commit it decades ago and his need for it is gone. ie Michael Jackson
      Something is just fishy. I think implanting of memories is possible, sadly. The most well liked people and good parents can turn on dime when scorned especially him with Mia’s daughter. Can I just say it is odd the people who defend MJ to the grave are on the victims’ side on this particular case? Oh consistency where are you.
      I really don’t know what to believe in this case though but it appears the girl believes it I just want to know why it seems like she has not received help or counseling.

      Even money and power can’t stop some strong rumors.

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    • Louis

      Connecticut State Police hired the Yale New Haven Child Sexual Abuse Clinic to investigate this and after a six month investigation it was their opinion that no sexual abuse took place and Dylan was most likely coached or lied for her mother. By the time they investigated these accusations, the clinic had already handled more than 1500+ cases. The lead doctor still heads the department today. There is no reason to believe they were in error or unprofessional in their research, interviews, or examinations.

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