Woody Allen has addressed the pedophilia allegations of his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in his first televised interview in three decades.
“I believe she thinks it,” Allen, 85, told CBS Sunday Morning reporter Lee Cowan. ‘She was a good child. I don’t think she’s making it up. I don’t believe she’s lying. I believe she believes that.
“It’s so ridiculous, and yet the Pap smear remained,” Allen said. And they still prefer to hold on to, if not the idea that I abused Dylan, the possibility that I abused her. Nothing I’ve ever done with Dylan in my life can be misinterpreted as such.
‘At first glance there was no logic to it. Why would a man who is 57 years old and never been accused of anything in my life suddenly drive (with) a 7-year-old girl in the midst of a contentious custody battle at Mia’s mansion. It was just … on the face of it, I didn’t even think it needed any research. ‘
Woody Allen’s first television interview in three decades is available on Paramount Plus
CBS Sunday Morning special was recorded for this year’s release of Allen v. Farrow
The special was recorded in July 2020 before Allen v. Farrow was released earlier this year
The interview with Allen took place last July, but has never been broadcast.
It was finally made available as part of a larger package on the new subscription video-on-demand service Paramount Plus on Sunday.
The special was shot a few months before the release of Allen v. Farrow earlier this year, in which his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow speaks to the camera about her alleged sexual abuse.
Allen has maintained his innocence and has never been charged with a crime.
Allen told CBS he would like to contact Dylan Farrow, but has not spoken to her since the allegations surfaced.
In the early 1990s, Mia Farrow, then still Allen’s girlfriend, learned that he was dating her 21-year-old adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn.
Allen was 56 at the time, and Mia Farrow ended their relationship shortly afterward.
“The last thing anyone wanted was to hurt someone’s feelings,” Allen said. “What we wanted to do was eventually let it be known that we were in a relationship.”
Allen noted that he was ‘totally surprised’ at the beginning of his relationship with Previn and initially claimed to have ‘no interest in her at all’, but ‘she turned out to be the deepest relationship in my life’.
He was asked if he ever thought a relationship with his girlfriend’s adopted daughter was inappropriate.
Allen said ‘no’, adding ‘that there was never a moment when it was not the most normal thing in the world … it did not give me silence, because the relationship with Soon-Yi was very gradual. It wasn’t like I went out with her one night and kissed her.
“I would say of the many women I’ve dated in my life, many women, they were all what the proper police would call appropriate – appropriate to their age,” he said. “Diane Keaton, Mia Farrow, Louise Lasser, my first wife; see you Soon-Yi, which is unusual for me. ‘
Allen added, ‘If you had told me that I would eventually get married and be happily married to an Asian woman who is much younger than me, not in show business, I would have said’ the chances of that are very slim. I don’t think you’ll be right. But that’s what happened. ‘
Allen and Previn, now 50, have been married for 23 years and have raised two adopted middle-aged daughters. Allen claims this is proof of his innocence: “They don’t give two baby girls to someone they think is a pedophile.”
During the interview, Allen was asked how he feels about others in Hollywood and the general public who have condemned him? “They are well-intentioned but foolish,” he said, accusing them of “making this lie possible” against a “completely innocent person.” But he says he doesn’t end up bothered by what others think about him.
‘Do I care if there is a man sitting at home or a woman thinking? “I don’t care what researchers say, I still believe he’s a pedophile”? It makes as much sense as someone sitting at home saying, ‘I believe him and he’s a great guy and he got a rough deal,’ he said.
Before Allen v. Farrow premiered, the representative for Woody and his wife Soon-Yi Previn said in a statement that the documentary makers “ had no interest in the truth, ” adding, “ Instead, they worked together covertly for years. with the Farrows and their enablers to put together an ax job full of lies. ‘
“As has been known for decades, these allegations are categorically false,” the statement continued. “They investigated several authorities at the time and found that, whatever Dylan Farrow might believe, no abuse had ever taken place.”
Dylan Farrow, now 35, is portrayed in Allen v. Farrow, but will also appear in the new special in an interview she did in 2018
In another new part of the special, Erin Moriarty explored how public opinion and treatment of controversial artists would have “acted in a morally questionable way.”
CBS explained the delayed release of the Allen interview in a statement.
The interview, which took place during an active news cycle last summer, is now being presented given the renewed interest in the controversy surrounding the filmmaker.
The statement continues, “The Paramount Plus exclusive provides the opportunity to explore Allen, his career, and the allegations in context and with the depth that this story requires.”