New York Times May Print Woody Allen's Rebuttal to Dylan Farrow’s Accusations

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Feb. 5 2014 2:11 PM

NYT May Print Woody Allen's Rebuttal

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Woody Allen performs with his New Orleans Jazz band at Royce Hall, UCLA on December 23, 2013 in Westwood, California

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Sounds like Moses Farrow's rebuttal to his sister's allegations against Woody Allen won't be the only one we get this week. According to the public editor of the New York Times, we might soon hear from the director himself:

Woody Allen has asked for, and may get, a chance to respond — in an Op-Ed piece in The Times — to a recent column and blog by Nicholas Kristof in which the filmmaker’s adopted daughter detailed her memories of his sexually abusing her. "They asked and we said, 'Yes, send it in,' " Andrew Rosenthal, The Times’s editorial page editor, told me today by phone. ... Mr. Rosenthal said he did not know when Mr. Allen’s Op-Ed piece might appear, but indicated that it could be within the next few days.
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Such a response would be a little unusual for the Times—the Grey Lady doesn't usually run direct responses as a full op-ed—but given the story, making an exception to a soft rule seems like a no-brainer in this case. (Rosenthal also cautions that it's not a done deal just yet—"It comes down to the editing process"—but it's hard to imagine a scenario where the paper doesn't do everything it can to get Allen's rebuttal in its pages as soon as possible.)

The news of a possible Allen op-ed comes the same day that People magazine published an interview with Moses Farrow in which the 36-year-old said: "Of course Woody did not molest my sister." Elsewhere in Slate: Jessica Winter explains why we shouldn't listen to Allen's biggest defender.

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Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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