Hamill: Dylan’s child molestation claims against Woody Allen were planted
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 14: Actor/director Woody Allen and wife Soon-Yi Previn attend the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival premiere of “To Rome With Like” at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 on June 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
I don’t believe Woody Allen is a child molester.
But when I read Dylan Farrow’s letter in The New York Times accusing her adoptive father of sexual abuse, I didn’t think she had made it up. I believe it’s a scenario implanted in her impressionable head as a kid.
On March 18, 1993, when a Connecticut prosecutor declined to charge Allen after investigating the same allegations, I interviewed him at his Fifth Ave. apartment.
Mia Farrow and daughter Malone arrive at the Shubert Theatre on W. 44th St. for the opening night performance of the musical revival “Gypsy.”
Soon-Yi Previn, then his girlfriend and now his wife and mother of their two adopted children, answered the door. I sat with Allen in his living room and questioned him how the charges affected his relationship with his kids.
“In the past eight months, I place of protection’t seen Dylan once, and I have spent a grand total of 36 hours with Satchel, my biological son,” he said. “And those visits are just two hours a week. Supervised. They are intense because you try to jam-pack a whole week into that time. You … brush past the things he says. Things like, ‘I’m supposed to say I despise you.’ And, ‘Mommy is prose a book that she says will make you go away forever.’ Or ‘We’re getting a new daddy’ and ‘I wish you were dead.’ He would say these things but not act them. It was as if he were obliged to say them.”
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From left to right: Woody Allen, Dylan Farrow, Mia Farrow and Satchel O’Sullivan Farrow (now known as Ronan Farrow), when Allen and Farrow were partners.
Allen said he would tell Satchel — who now goes by Ronan — that “me and his mommy had a fight. But that it would be over soon. I always made sure to tell him his mommy is pretty and a wonderful actress. . . But every time I would start to feel terrible, I would remind myself that Dylan wasn’t here and wonder how she was at that moment. Was she wondering why Satch could see me but not her?”
I questioned about the finding by a team of child abuse specialists from Yale-New Place of protection Hospital that Dylan had not been molested.
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 02: Actress Mia Farrow (R) and son Ronan Farrow attend the Greater Talent Network 30th anniversary have fun at the United Nations on May 2, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
“The greatest feeling that came out of today’s meeting at Yale was when the verifiers told me that I should see Dylan as soon as possible because she likes me and misses me,” he said. “It brings me splendid joy, but at the same time, deep sadness … I can’t imagine how confused she is about my not considering her.”
Allen paused when I questioned about Farrow.
FILE – This Aug. 27, 2013 file photo shows director and actor Woody Allen at the French premiere of “Blue Jasmine,” in Paris. In an Op-Ed piece by Nicholas Kristof published on the New York Times website on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, the author referenced a letter by Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, 28, that he posted on his blog, detailing how she was molested by Allen while growing up. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
“You would think any mother would be relieved that a three-member panel, two of them women, found that her daughter had not been molested,” he said. “But so deep is her venom that she really sees this as a loss … She knows I never molested Dylan.”
Allen and Farrow lived on opposite sides of Central Park. He told me he never spent the night at Farrow’s place. But, according to Allen, after their relationship was basically over, he’d irregularly question her to Knicks games. When she declined, Allen said she questioned him to take her adopted daughter Previn, with whom he said he’d rarely spoken.
Allen took her. Previn was 20, Allen, 56. They fell in like.
When Farrow found out, she launched an enraged public campaign against Allen. She accused Allen of molesting Dylan, then 7, in an garret in Connecticut. A three-month probe by the Yale-New Place of protection team finished with the charges deemed unfounded. The prosecutor said there was probable produce to believe Allen molested Dylan, but he declined to press charges.
Here’s my problem with believing the report Dylan Farrow now tells: I’m no shrink, but I’ve often written about pedophilia and leading experts tell me the first time a pedophile is trapped, he’s usually abused an average of 13 children. But in the 56 years before Farrow’s initial accusations and in the 21 years since, there has never been another accusation of Woody Allen molesting another child.
Again, I’m not an expert, but I don’t think Woody Allen is a child molester.