Woody Allen may have already publicly stated that he found his daughter Dylan Farrow’s claims that he molested her as a child both “untrue and disgraceful,” but now his lawyer, Alkan Abramowitz, is expanding on exactly what he thinks of Dylan’s open letter — and taking a dig at her mom and Woody’s ex-wife Mia Farrow in the process.
“It is tragic that after 20 years a story engineered by a vengeful lover resurfaces even though it was fully vetted and rejected by independent authorities,” Alkan said in a statement to CNN. “The one to blame for Dylan’s distress is neither Dylan nor Woody Allen.”
So who is to blame? If Alkan has his way, Mia — he’s insinuating that she convinced Dylan that she was molested so well that Dylan actually has memories of abuse that never happened during Mia and Woody’s divorce proceedings.
“At the time, a thorough investigation was conducted by court appointed independent experts,” Leslee Dart, a rep for Woody, said. “The experts concluded there was no credible evidence of molestation; that Dylan Farrow had an inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality; and that Dylan Farrow had likely been coached by her mother Mia Farrow. No charges were ever filed.”
According to attorney Frank Maco, he and Mia decided together that it would be best not to press charges against Woody to avoid “exposing the child to possible harm” when the accusations first came to light in 1992.
Whether the allegations are true or not, Dylan is obviously struggling with what she believes are very real memories of being abused as a child by her father — and that’s something that should be taken seriously. We hope Dylan is able to heal soon.