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Dylan Farrow resurrects Allen molestation claim

NEW YORK (AP) - Dylan Farrow renewed molestation allegations against Woody Allen, claiming the movie director sexually assaulted her when she was 7 after he and actress Mia Farrow adopted her.

In an open-letter to The New York Times posted online Saturday, Dylan Farrow commented about the 1992 incident. In a letter to op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof, she said she was moved to speak out because of Hollywood's continued embrace of Allen.

"That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up," wrote Farrow. "I was stricken with guilt that I had allowed him to be near other little girls."

The New York Times reported that Allen declined comment. Also, representatives for Allen and for former partner Mia Farrow also did not immediately return requests for comment Saturday from The Associated Press. Allen, who attended Saturday night's New York Knicks game, has long maintained his innocence.

In the letter, Dylan Farrow claims that in 1992 at the family's Connecticut home, Allen led her to a "dim, closet-like attic" and "then he sexually assaulted me." Farrow didn't specify Allen's actions, but described other abusive behavior.

Farrow said Allen would have her get in bed with him, and at other times "place his head in my naked lap and breathe in and breathe out."

"For as long as I could remember, my father had been doing things to me that I didn't like," said Farrow. "These things happened so often, so routinely, so skillfully hidden from a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it was normal."

Allen was investigated on child molestation claims for the alleged 1992 incident in Connecticut, but prosecutors elected not to charge him.

The handling of the investigation was criticized after Litchfield County state attorney Frank S. Maco said in a press conference there was "probable cause" to charge Allen, although he chose not to. A disciplinary panel found that Maco may have prejudiced the then-ongoing custody battle between Allen and Mia Farrow by making an accusation without formal charges.

The 1992 allegation came shortly after Allen became involved with Mia Farrow's adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. Allen, then in his mid-50s, was not the adoptive father of Previn, who was about 19 at the time. The two married in 1997 and have two adopted daughters.

Though many fans never forgave Allen for his romance with Previn, the director's career was largely uninterrupted. He has continued to release a new film almost every year, with his latest, "Blue Jasmine," earning three Academy Award nominations, including a screenwriting nomination for Allen.

Dylan Farrow's open-letter was precipitated by Allen being honored at the Golden Globes with the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. Allen didn't attend as he largely abstains from awards shows. But during the telecast's tribute, Ronan Farrow tweeted: "Missed the Woody Allen tribute - did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?"

Ronan Farrow is the lone biological child of Allen and Mia Farrow, though Farrow has said her former husband Frank Sinatra could be his father. Ronan Farrow is estranged from Allen.

A rebuke followed last week when Robert Weide, director of the PBS "American Masters" documentary on Allen, argued in a lengthy account on the Daily Beast that many were unaware of the facts of Allen's relationship with Previn and that the incident with Dylan Farrow was unproven.

Dylan Farrow, who said she now lives happily married in Florida under another name, urged people not to forget her side of the story and lamented "a world that celebrates her tormenter."

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jamies77 February 02 2014 at 4:06 PM

Liberal Democrats do not think it's appropriate to marry their daughters, politics doesn't enter into it. If he only had this one daughter saying it it would be different, but if you Marry your own daughter
your just asking for it. I have no sympathy for anyone that stupid.

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csunbean jamies77 February 02 2014 at 4:17 PM

wow so pedophilia now has a political party? LOL NOT. pedophiles come from all races,, religions and political backgrounds.

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jamies77 csunbean February 02 2014 at 4:28 PM

You didn't really make a point at all what are you trying to say? Maybe you should pay attention to what your saying.

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Rae Turner jamies77 February 02 2014 at 4:30 PM

What on earth does "lieberal Democrats " have to do with it ???

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west83jazz February 02 2014 at 1:54 PM

He is just as worst than Roman Polanski. In Allen's case, it was suppose to be a "father" relationship which makes it much worst.

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NoShark west83jazz February 02 2014 at 2:17 PM

just as bad...or, this is worse...worst would be used as in, this is the worst situation ever...

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Joy February 02 2014 at 1:50 PM

I have never understood the allure of Woody Allen. I cannot judge as I was not there but one does wonder after he had an affair with his 18 year old step daughter.

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NoShark Joy February 02 2014 at 2:19 PM


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SUSAN M. MORRIS February 02 2014 at 1:42 PM

For years I have refused to go to a Woody Allen movie and believed he is a pervert. Because Hollywood accepts all abuses and deviations, they are awarding this man when he should be scorned particularly by women. Can't they find some morality in Hollywood or are they going to continue to spew out their filth to others including children. Enough already.

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pyramidwc SUSAN M. MORRIS February 02 2014 at 1:52 PM

Ever since he married his young step-daughter. What a filthy rotten pig.

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cjofthevine February 02 2014 at 1:41 PM

Woody Allen is a sex addict for children. He is to immature for a woman and probably has sick fantasies, so he goes after kids and makes them think it's okay and that it's a game. His profession aside, I always thought he was perverted and he should pay for it.
If not on this earth, God has plans for this sicko. Poor kids though.

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jgoldfeder February 02 2014 at 1:35 PM

where theres smoke well

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dneil55859 February 02 2014 at 1:28 PM

Why has this pervert not been locked up years ago?

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msharvie February 02 2014 at 1:27 PM

As a victim of child molestation and having read the book, I believe Mia Farrow and Dylan's accusations. Allen is a manipulator, control freak and pedophile. Many in Hollywood have turned a blind eye because of his power and wealth. I will not be surprised in the future if more allegations come out from the two adopted daughters of Allen and Soon-Yi. Allen presents himself to the world as a bumbling, harmless, and somewhat naïve victim of life, when in reality he is quite the opposite. He is a predator.

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Brandon Austin February 02 2014 at 1:27 PM

She isn't suing him in civil court, which she could do. So, there goes the theory that she's only doing this for money. If the creeps in Hollywood didn't keep worshiping him, she would have probably let it go. He OBVIOUSLY was doing the same, if not worse to the daughter he married. It's a pattern, people! At the least.....he has a problem with inappropiate behavior with children, and at the worst, sexual abuse of children. It's sad to see people take the world of this man over this woman. Mia Farrow looked like a child when he hooked up with her. It's pretty obvious to me, and to anybody with half a brain what his sexual preference is! Hollywood is so perverted, they don't give a damn what he did to children. Their brains are fried from all the drugs, and power they seem to have over those that gush over them! Pitiful!

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dhjcpa February 02 2014 at 1:21 PM

Woody Allen belongs in JAIL for LIFE!
Never liked his work and never will
forgive him for his molestations.
He is a TOTAL PIG and doesn't
deserve anything but incarceration

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denesd dhjcpa February 02 2014 at 1:34 PM

Are you the police, prosecutor and jury?

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