Allen says ex Farrow behind daughter’s sex-abuse accusationNY Post
Woody Allen called allegations that he abused his daughter “untrue and disgraceful” Sunday, and his camp said it’s clear that scorned ex Mia Farrow is behind them. The iconic director was reacting to a letter published over the weekend in which his and Farrow’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, detailed previous claims that he molested her as a child.
“Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful,’’ said his rep.
In her detailed account of the alleged abuse to the New York Times, Dylan said she was once sexually assaulted by Allen while sitting on the floor playing with a train set when she was 7. She called out a host of Hollywood celebrities who continue to support her father.
Allen’s lawyer added, “It is tragic that after 20 years, a story engineered by a vengeful lover resurfaces. The one to blame for Dylan’s distress is neither Dylan nor Woody Allen.”
A former girlfriend of Allen’s also came to his defense, calling the attacks against him a “well-orchestrated smear campaign.”
Stacey Nelkin — who first dated Allen in 1977, when she was 17 and he was 42 — told The Post that Mia Farrow tried to recruit her years ago in her war against Allen.
“She wanted me to agree to say that I was 15 years old [when they started dating], which I was not,” said Nelkin, known as the inspiration behind Mariel Hemingway’s character in Allen’s film “Manhattan,’’ about a middle-aged divorced man dating a high-school girl.
Farrow did not return requests for comment Sunday.
The allegation that Allen molested Dylan first surfaced in 1992, as his and Mia’s relationship imploded when Mia learned he was having an affair with her 19-year-old adopted daughter, Soon-Yi. At the time, then-Connecticut state’s attorney Frank Maco said he lacked the evidence to prosecute Allen but suspected the abuse did occur.
Maco, who retired in 2003, said Sunday that it’s too late to try to prosecute Allen now because the statute of limitations ran out at least 15 years ago.
Alec Baldwin, one of the actors called out in Dylan’s letter, tweeted in response Sunday: ”You are mistaken if you think there is a place for me, or any outsider, in this family’s issue.”
Cate Blanchett, who starred in Allen’s latest award-winning film, “Blue Jasmine,” and also was named, told the Web site Hollywood Elsewhere, “It’s obviously been a long and painful situation for the family. I hope they find some sort of resolution and peace.’’