Woody Allen set to publish open letter response to Dylan Farrow's sexual abuse claims in the New York Times within days
The publication has announced that Allen had reached out to them asking for the opportunity to reply
Woody Allen is set to respond to Dylan Farrow’s open letter, in which she alleged her adoptive father sexually abused her at the age of seven, in the New York Times this weekend.
The publication has announced that Allen had reached out to them asking for the opportunity to reply.
Agreeing to his request, The Times said that Allen’s letter is set to be published in the next few days.
The news comes after it had emerged that Dylan Farrow had first reached out to the Los Angeles Times, but the newspaper had refused to publish it.
The paper's op-ed editor, Sue Horton, told The Wrap that she deliberated over running the damning account, but decided against it.
"The editor of the paper doesn’t have a say in what goes on the op-ed page," Horton said.
Earlier this week, Allen and Marrow’s adopted son, Moses Farrow, defended his father in an interview with People magazine.
"My mother drummed it into me to hate my father for tearing apart the family and sexually molesting my sister," he told them.
"And I hated him for her for years. I see now that this was a vengeful way to pay him back for falling in love with Soon-Yi [Previn]."
Mia Farrow and Allen separated in 1992 after the actress discovered naked pictures of Allen and her adopted daughter from her previous relationship with André Previn, Soon-Yi.
At the time, Soon-Yi was only 20-years-old – 34 years younger than Allen.
Allen and Soon-Yi went on to marry in 1997, and are still together today. They have two adopted children together.
"Of course Woody did not molest my sister. She loved him and looked forward to seeing him when he would visit," Moses continued.
"She never hid from him until our mother succeeded in creating the atmosphere of fear and hate towards him.
"The day in question, there were six or seven of us in the house. We were all in public rooms and no-one, not my father or sister, was off in any private spaces. My mother was conveniently out shopping.
"I don't know if my sister really believes she was molested or is trying to please her mother. Pleasing my mother was very powerful motivation because to be on her wrong side was horrible."
He went on to claim that he was often ”hit“ by Mia as a child, and called on Dylan to ”assert her independence“ from her mother. Mia, he says, had given her a ”false impression that she has been molested by my father“.
However, Dylan was quick to respond to Moses’ comments, telling People:
"This is such a betrayal to me and my whole family.
"My memories are the truth and they are mine and I will live with that for the rest of my life.
"My mother never coached me. She never planted false memories in my brain. My memories are mine. I remember them."
She continued: ”She was distraught when I told her. When I came forward with my story she was hoping against hope that I had made it up
"In one of the most heartbreaking conversations I have ever had, she sat me down and asked me if I was telling the truth. She said that Dad said he didn't do anything and I said, 'He's lying'."
"My brother is dead to me,” she added. “My mother is so brave and so courageous and taught me what it means to be strong and brave and tell the truth even in the face of these monstrous lies."
Woody Allen has denied all allegations of sexual abuse made by Dylan Farrow.
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