Woody Allen denies adopted daughter's renewed molestation accusations

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By Eric Kelsey and Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Film director Woody Allen defended himself on Friday from newly published accusations by his now-adult adopted daughter that he molested her as a child, calling the allegations "ludicrous" and the product of a bitter custody battle with his former partner, actress Mia Farrow.

An advance copy of an Allen op-ed piece to be published in the Sunday edition of the New York Times was posted online five days after Dylan Farrow, 28, revived and elaborated on the decades-old accusation in an open letter on the Times website.

Allen was never arrested or prosecuted after the allegations of sexual abuse against him surfaced in 1993 and were investigated by state police in Connecticut, where Mia Farrow and her children lived.

He said the accusations originally struck him as "so ludicrous I didn't give it a second thought".

And he quoted findings from a review of the case by the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital, which he said concluded: "It is our expert opinion that Dylan was not sexually abused by Mr. Allen."

He said he agreed with the clinic's findings that Dylan's account was likely to be the product of "an emotionally vulnerable child who was caught up in a disturbed family" and was "coached or influenced by her mother".

"Of course, I did not molest Dylan," Allen wrote. "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."

Dylan Farrow stood by her allegations in a statement published on the ABC News website on Friday.   Continued...

 
U.S. director Woody Allen poses during the premiere of his film "Blue Jasmine" in Paris in this August 27, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Files