Woody Allen is reportedly devastated and awash with “overwhelming sadness” following Dylan Farrow’s confession about his alleged abuse. Farrow, the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, wrote a scathing New York Times open letter over the weekend, alleging that the acclaimed filmmaker repeatedly molested her, beginning at age seven.
Allen’s attorney, Elkan Abramowitz, appeared on The Today Show Tuesday, where he denied the decades-old molestation allegations against the often reclusive lensman. Abramowitz, however, refused to blame Farrow for the salacious claims, instead placing the blame on her mother Mia, arguing that a young Dylan was coached to believe she had been sexually abused after Woody left Mia for her adopted daughter, Soon Yi.
“She was a pawn in a huge fight between him and Mia Farrow years ago and the idea that she was molested was implanted in her by her mother. That memory is never going to go away. So the fact that she says this now, that it happened 20 years ago, is totally understandable.”
When asked why a grown woman would lie about being sexually abused, Abramowitz replied:
“In my view, she’s not lying. I think she truly believes this happened. That’s what the vice of this is. When you implant a story in a fragile 7-year-old’s mind, it stays there forever. It never goes away.”
The attorney also stated that the award winning director isn’t “interested in suing anybody for defamation,” but noted that the timing of the revived accusations is suspicious.
“I think that it’s a continuation of Mia Farrow’s desire to hurt Woody Allen. And Woody Allen is now riding fairly high. He got the Golden Globe Award for lifetime achievement, which he totally deserved. And I believe it revived the anger that she has toward him.”