Dylan Farrow responds: Woody Allen is lying in New York Times column.

Dylan Farrow Responds: Nothing Woody Allen Says or Writes Can Change the Truth

Dylan Farrow Responds: Nothing Woody Allen Says or Writes Can Change the Truth

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Feb. 8 2014 10:25 AM

Dylan Farrow Responds: Nothing Woody Allen Says or Writes Can Change the Truth

This picture taken on March 18, 1993 shows US actress Mia Farrow (2nd L) leaving Yale New Haven hospital with her daughter Lark after a 2 1/2 hour meeting with psychiatrists and Woody Allen

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That didn’t take long. It seems Dylan Farrow was ready for Woody Allen’s response to her open letter last week in which she detailed  her sexual abuse allegations against him. Shortly after Allen’s piece went up in the New York Times, Dylan Farrow issued a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. “Once again, Woody Allen is attacking me and my family in an effort to discredit and silence me—but nothing he says or writes can change the truth. For 20 years, I have never wavered in describing what he did to me,” Farrow writes. Allen’s piece is filled with “attempts to misrepresent the facts,” noting that the op-ed piece in the Times only marks “the latest rehash of the same legalese, distortions, and outright lies he has leveled at me for the past 20 years.”

Dylan Farrow writes that things her father details as black-and-white in his op-ed piece are actually full of grays. For example, it’s true that Allen passed a lie detector test but authorities refused to accept it as evidence because he hired his own test-taker and refused to undergo one administered by the state police. The independent experts who absolved him of any wrongdoing? The court refused to accept their testimony, saying they were “colored by their loyalty” to Allen while questioning why they destroyed all supporting documents. Allen’s assertion that no one had ever raised questions about his behavior toward Dylan Farrow before the abuse allegations? Not quite accurate considering “he was in treatment for what his own therapist described as ‘inappropriate’ behavior with me from as early as 1991.”


Dylan Farrow goes on to thank those who have expressed their support:

If speaking out about my experience can help others stand up to their tormentors, it will be worth the pain and suffering my father continues to inflict on me. Woody Allen has an arsenal of lawyers and publicists but the one thing he does not have on his side is the truth.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the Today’s Papers column from 2006 to 2009. Follow him on Twitter.