Woody Allen has appeared in his first television interview for 30 years in order to respond to the continued allegations of abuse that have surrounded the filmmaker since 1992.
In recent times the abuse allegations have resurfaced owing to the HBO series Allen v. Farrow. The docu-series takes an investigative look at historic evidence and has caused further questions to be asked.
Speaking to CBS Sunday Morning yesterday (March 28), which was filmed in July 2020 prior to the series airing, Allen said of the abuse claims: “It’s so preposterous, and yet the smear has remained.
“And they still prefer to cling to if not the notion that I molested Dylan, the possibility that I molested her. Nothing that I ever did with Dylan in my life could be misconstrued as that.”
Allen’s defence against the accusations has always been that Farrow was gaslighted by her mother, Mia, into believing that Allen abused her after Mia found out that he had been having an affair with another of her adoptive daughters, Soon-Yi Previn.
Allen later added, “I believe she thinks it. She was a good kid. I do not believe that she’s making it up. I don’t believe she’s lying. I believe she believes that.”
Earlier this year, Allen and Previn released a joint statement in light of the documentary stating: “These documentarians had no interest in the truth. Instead, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their enablers to put together a hatchet job riddled with falsehoods.”
The statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter continues: “As has been known for decades, these allegations are categorically false. Multiple agencies investigated them at the time and found that, whatever Dylan Farrow may have been led to believe, absolutely no abuse had ever taken place. It is sadly unsurprising that the network to air this is HBO – which has a standing production deal and business relationship with Ronan Farrow. While this shoddy hit piece may gain attention, it does not change the facts.”
The long-running debate has also prompted responses from the likes of Alec Baldwin who took to Instagram to say: “(Sic) A few people going at me for defending people who have been accused of crime,” to which he added, “Well, I’m not defending someone who is guilty of something. I’m choosing to defend someone who has not been proven guilty of something.”
See a trailer for the series, below.