Whilst Woody Allen’s success was being celebrated at this year’s Golden Globes, where he won the prestigious Cecil B DeMille award, his son Ronan Farrow took to Twitter to accuse Allen of child molestation.
Farrow responded to the award ceremony by tweeting, “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?”
This is not the first allegation of child molestation made against Woody Allen, who was originally accused in 1992 by former partner Mia Farrow of abusing her adopted daughter, Dylan. Dylan Farrow was seven years old at the time the alleged abuse took place. These allegations were renewed by Mia in a Vanity Fair interview in 2013.
Mia Farrow first made these accusations after her relationship with Allen ended, after she discovered naked photographs taken by Allen of another of her adopted daughters, Soon-Yi Previn, who was around 20 at the time. Soon-Yi Previn and Allen were married in 1997 and are still together, with two adopted daughters of their own.
Investigations by the Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1993 said that Dylan had not been abused; however, New York State Justice Elliot Wilk said the findings had proven inconclusive. He stated, “I am less certain, however, than is the Yale-New Haven team, that the evidence proves conclusively that there was no sexual abuse.”
However, with the findings inconclusive, Wilk was cautious and banned any visitation between Allen and Dylan. Following the ruling, Allen’s lawyer Elkan Abramowitz said, “I don’t think any one person could do more to prove that this did not happen.”
Whilst twenty years have passed since the case was dropped, it remains fresh in the minds of the Farrow family. During the tribute to his father at the Golden Globes, Ronan Farrow also retweeted a link to the 2013 Vanity Fair interview with his mother, in which she discusses the alleged abuse.
There has not yet been any response to Ronan Farrow’s comments from Allen or his representatives.