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article imageWoody Allen's daughter repeats sexual abuse claim in open letter

Los Angeles - Dylan Farrow, 28, the adopted daughter of Woody Allen, repeated sexual abuse claims in an open letter posted Saturday on a New York Times blog.
Allen, 78, an Oscar-winning filmmaker, was recently received three Academy Award nominations for the the critically acclaimed "Blue Jasmine."
Dylan (formerly known as Malone) opens the letter with a question: "What’s your favorite Woody Allen movie?" And she continues:
"Before you answer, you should know: when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me . . . "
When Allen received the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes last month, his ex-partner, Mia Farrow and her son, Ronan Farrow tweeted their thoughts.
Ronan wrote: "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?"
And Mia tweeted: "A woman has publicly detailed Woody Allen's molestation of her at age 7. Golden Globe tribute showed contempt for her & all abuse survivors."
Ronan (formerly Satchel Allen) is Mia Farrow and Woody Allen's biological son but now goes by the name of Ronan Farrow. Recently, Mia divulged that Ronan is "possibly" her former husband's (Frank Sinatra) son, as the relationship continued after the marriage officially ended. Reportedly, there has been no DNA testing and Ronan has not commented.
Allen has long denied the abuse allegations and CNN reports that his representatives did not respond to a request for comment.
In 1992, Mia Farrow discovered that Allen and then 19-year-old Soon-Yi Previn, Mia's adopted daughter with composer Andre Previn were having an affair, after Mia discovered nude pictures of Soon-Yi which Allen had taken. Shortly thereafter, the allegations of abuse against Dylan came to light. (Allen married Soon-Yi in 1997.)
Subsequently, the Connecticut State Police and a team of investigators from Yale-New Haven Hospital concluded Dylan had not been abused. Acting Justice Elliott Wilk of the Connecticut State Supreme Court found the evidence "inconclusive" and stated it was unlikely Allen could be prosecuted based on the evidence.
Yet, the former state's attorney, Frank S. Maco, stated he found "probable cause" to prosecute Allen but Dylan was too "fragile" to undergo a trial and Mia, reportedly, agreed with the decision.
Later, Allen tried to win custody of his three children, Ronan, Moses and Dylan, but lost in a bitter custody battle. Wilk wrote a 33-page decision, referring to Allen as a "self-absorbed, untrustworthy and insensitive" father and further stated " ... the best interests of the children will be served by their continued custody with Ms. Farrow."
Maco recently said Dylan was "traumatized to the extent that I did not have a confident witness to testify in any court setting, whether that's a closed courtroom or an open courtroom."
Dylan said she wishes the 7-year-old Dylan had been strong enough to testify, but she was then fearful. She now states:
"Last week, Woody Allen was nominated for his latest Oscar. But this time, I refuse to fall apart. For so long, Woody Allen’s acceptance silenced me. It felt like a personal rebuke, like the awards and accolades were a way to tell me to shut up and go away..."
She lauds sexual abuse survivors for reaching out to her, strengthening her so she could tell her story and ends the letter with recounting the nausea she feels at the mention of Allen's name. The closing of the letter poignantly asks, "Now, what's your favorite Woody Allen movie?"
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