Woody Allen Speaks: "Of Course, I Did Not Molest Dylan"

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Feb. 7 2014 8:57 PM

Woody Allen Speaks: "Of Course, I Did Not Molest Dylan"

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Woody Allen and Soon Yi Previn attend HUGO BOSS celebrates Columbus Circle BOSS flagship opening featuring premiere of 'Anthropocene,' by Marco Brambilla on September 24, 2013

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The New York Times on Friday evening published Woody Allen's lengthy rebuttal to allegations from Dylan Farrow, his adopted daughter, that he molested her more than two decades ago when she was 7 years old. You should go read the full thing, but here's the big finish:

"Of course, I did not molest Dylan. I loved her and hope one day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a loving father and exploited by a mother more interested in her own festering anger than her daughter’s well-being. Being taught to hate your father and made to believe he molested you has already taken a psychological toll on this lovely young woman, and Soon-Yi and I are both hoping that one day she will understand who has really made her a victim and reconnect with us, as Moses has, in a loving, productive way. No one wants to discourage abuse victims from speaking out, but one must bear in mind that sometimes there are people who are falsely accused and that is also a terribly destructive thing."
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Allen adds that the op-ed—which will run in the Times' print edition on Sunday—will be his "final word on this entire matter," and that no one else will be responding to any further twists or turns on his behalf.*

Correction, Feb. 7, 2014: Originally this item mistakenly attributed the "final word" quote to Dylan.

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

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