Woody Allen’s Lawyer Speaks Against Sexual Abuse Allegations
It has been a tough week for Woody Allen since his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow published an open letter accusing him of sexually molesting her when she was 7 years old.
And the “Blue Jasmine” director’s lawyer Elkan Abramowitz came forward to address the claims on the “Today” show this morning (February 4).
Abramowitz explained that Woody feels Dylan was coached by her mother Mia Farrow out of pure spite. "His reaction is one of overwhelming sadness because of what has happened to Dylan. She was a pawn in a huge fight between him and Mia Farrow years ago, and the idea that she was molested was implanted in her by her mother.”
“That memory is never going to go away. So the fact that she says this now, that it happened 20 years ago, is totally understandable."
As for whether or not Dylan is telling the truth, Elkan noted, "In my view, she's not lying. I think she truly believes this happened. That's what the vice of this is. When you implant a story in a fragile 7-year-old's mind, it stays there forever. It never goes away."
Furthermore, Woody isn’t considering taking legal action against Dylan even though she’s seriously damaging his reputation. "Woody Allen is not interested in suing anybody for defamation. He was determined not to have molested his daughter 20 years ago. The case is over. There is no case. The fact that it is being brought up now is suspect. The timing is suspect."
"I think that it's a continuation of Mia Farrow's desire to hurt Woody Allen. And Woody Allen is now riding fairly high. He got the Golden Globe Award for lifetime achievement, which he totally deserved. And I believe it revived the anger that she has toward him."