Woody Allen commented on the rape allegations for the first time in 30 years. Recall that the adopted daughter of Alain claims that he abused her when she was 7 years old.
On March 14, the final episode of the four-part HBO Max documentary "Allen vs. Farrow" was released. The series focuses on the long-standing conflict between Woody Allen and his former partner, actress Mia Farrow, who in 1992 accused the director of abusing their adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. Dylan was seven years old at the time of the incident.
The film caused a wide public response and forced Allen to give the first interview in 30 years. Speaking to CBS, the 85-year-old director commented on Dylan's allegations and revealed what he thinks of the film.
"I believe that Dylan thinks I abused her," Allen says. вЂ” She was a good kid. I don't believe she made it up. I don't believe she's lying. I think she really believes it."
"These charges are ridiculous," Allen adds. вЂ” But they still left a stain on my reputation. People continue to cling, if not to the fact that I molested Dylan, then at least to the possibility of it. But nothing I've ever done with Dylan can be construed as harassment."
Dylan and Mia Farrow have a different story. In the film, they said that Allen began to care for Dylan when she was still very young: the director did not leave the girl's side and was very attentive to her вЂ” so much so that Dylan hid from him in the bathroom. The sisters and claim that she saw Alain touching the girl's buttocks when he smeared her back with sunscreen.
Speaking about Allen's sexual abuse, Dylan said: "He asked me to lie on my stomach, I was looking at my brother's railroad, and then he abused me." As proof, Mia cites a video that she took a few days after the alleged incident: on the record, seven-year-old Dylan tells what Allen did to her.
The director denies all the charges and insists that the idea of harassment Dylan inspired Mia, embittered after the breakup with Allen. Around the same time, Allen began dating 21-year-old Soon-Yi Preven, the adopted daughter of Mia and her ex-husband. Soon-Yi later became the director's wife. Mia Farrow found out about her adopted daughter's secret affair with Allen by accident when she found erotic photos of Sun-Yi in the director's apartment.
"The last thing we wanted to do was hurt anyone," Allen says. вЂ” We just wanted to stop hiding our relationship. Initially, I wasn't interested in Sun-Yi at all, but my relationship with her turned out to be the deepest bond of my life. There was never a moment when I would have regretted our relationship. The relationship with Sun-Yi developed very gradually. It wasn't like I'd kissed her one night. It all happened so naturally."
Allen and Preven have been married for more than 23 years. In an interview, the director added that in his marriage with Preven, he raised two adopted daughters. "No one would give two little girls to someone who is considered a pedophile," Allen said.
Recall that in 1992, Mia Farrow wrote a statement to the police about Allen, but the case of sexual abuse never came to court. The prosecutor did not open a case, although he later resigned and said that Allen should have been sent to prison.
The abuse allegations have put Allen's career and reputation at risk. Dylan Farrow was joined by Elliot Page, Mira Sorvino, and Greta Gerwig, Jessica Chastain, and Susan Sarandon. Kate Winslet admitted that she regrets working with Allen.
However, there are also those who publicly support the director. Among them is the Spanish actor Javier Bardem: "I doubt that he is guilty. Allen was officially found not guilty. Since then, no new evidence has emerged, and there is still no evidence of his guilt." Alec Baldwin takes a similar position: "Who needs courtrooms or the rule of law when we have the media on trial?" he wrote on Twitter.