Woody Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow penned an open letter Saturday on a New York Times blog, publicly accusing the controversial filmmaker of sexually assaulting her when she was a young girl.
Farrow’s first-person account, which appeared on reporter Nicholas Kritoff’s blog, marks the first time that Miss Farrow, the daughter of actress Mia Farrow, has directly addressed the alleged sex abuse.
In gut-wrenching detail, Dylan Farrow wrote in her statement how at age seven, her adoptive father, Allen, allegedly led her by the hand to a dim attic on the second floor of their house.
‘He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set,’ Miss Farrow recounted. ‘Then he sexually assaulted me. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies.’
She noted that to this day, she finds it hard to look at toy trains.
Farrow went on to describe how the award-winning director of ‘Annie Hall’ and ‘Manhattan’ would always find a way to touch her and do things to her she did not like, including sticking his thumb in her mouth, forcing her to get into bed with him and placing his head in her naked lap.
‘I thought this was how fathers doted on their daughters. But what he did to me in the attic felt different,’ she said.
Unable to keep her alleged encounters with her father secret anymore, young Dylan went to her mother, asking her if her own father used to do the same things to her that Allen was doing.
The girl’s explosive allegations put an end to Farrow and Allen’s relationship in 1992, setting off a legal battle in which Dylan claimed the filmmaker accused his former girlfriend of brainwashing her daughter into thinking that he had assaulted her.
What followed next was a drawn-out process in which Dylan was dragged from one psychologist to the next, recounting her story over and over again to see if she was lying.
In the end, Allen was denied visitation rights with his children, but a Connecicut prosecutor declined to charge him, saying that while there was enough evidence for the case to potentially stand up in court, he was dropping criminal proceedings due to Dylan’s fragile state.
Allen, 78, has always denied the allegations of sexual abuse. He was never charged with, or convicted of, a crime in this case.