Dylan Farrow renewed child sexual abuse allegations against Woody Allen with an open letter published in the New York Times, indicting every actor who worked with the 78-year-old director on his Oscar-nominated films.
Dylan, 28, accused Allen of molesting her when she was seven years old in an attic in the home of her adoptive mother, Mia Farrow, who Allen had already separated from at the time.
Former Litchfield County state attorney Frank Maco told the Associated Press on Sunday that the statute of limitations passed at least 15 years ago and Allen will not be charged.
Critics have accused Dylan of attempted to trash Allen’s Oscar hopes for his critically acclaimed 2013 drama “Blue Jasmine.”
Robert B. Weide, the producer and director of the PBS special “Woody Allen: A Documentary” weighed in on the controversy in an op-ed for the Daily Beast.
Weide has a professional relationship with both Allen and Mia Farrow – having her permission to use images of her in both the documentary and in a special sequence for the Golden Globes, which gave Allen a lifetime achievement award last month.
Weide said Allen was never prosecuted for molestation because there was no evidence to charge him with any crime.
“Mia’s allegations of molestation automatically triggered a criminal investigation by the Connecticut State Police, who brought in an investigative team from the Yale-New Haven Hospital, whose six-month long inquiry (which included medical examinations) concluded that Dylan had not been molested,” Weide wrote.
He quoted Mia’s own testimony, published in the New York Times on Mar. 26, 1993, in which she said she took Dylan to a doctor on the day of the incident and to another doctor four days later.
Allen’s attorney asked, “There was no evidence of injury to the anal or vaginal area, is that correct?”
“Yes,” confirmed Mia.
“I know I’m treading a delicate path here, and opening myself up to accusations of ‘blaming the victim.’ However, I’m merely floating scenarios to consider, and you can think what you will,” Weide wrote.
He claims Farrow’s 36-year-old son Moses Farrow, an accomplished photographer, has been estranged from his mother for several years. He allegedly told Weidy it had to do with “finally seeing the reality” in his mother’s home and used the term “brainwashing” to describe it.
Moses has recently reestablished contact with Allen and wife Soon-Yi.
Weide also pointed out the irony that Mia Farrow testified as a character witness for director Roman Polanski, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl and subsequently fled the U.S.