Woody Allen denies Dylan Farrow’s abuse allegations, once more

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On the heels of the March 14 finale of HBO’s “Allen v. Farrow” docuseries, Woody Allen’s first American TV interview in almost three many years was launched at this time on Paramount+.

The interview, which passed off in July however was held and now follows the finale of the four-part collection, was carried out by CBS Information correspondent Lee Cowan for “CBS Sunday Morning.” (Allen didn’t take part within the HBO collection.)

Of their dialog, Allen reiterated the arguments he’s made since he was first accused in 1992 of molesting the then 7-year-old Dylan Farrow. On the time, he was within the strategy of an unsightly public cut up from Mia Farrow, whom he’d been in a relationship with for greater than 10 years.

The couple cut up after Farrow discovered that Allen was having an affair along with her 21-year-old adopted daughter Quickly-Yi Previn, now his spouse of 24 years. Allen insisted that the allegations have been fabricated by Mia in response to their public falling out.

“It’s so preposterous and but the smear has remained and so they nonetheless desire to cling to if not the notion that I molested Dylan, then the likelihood that I molested her,” he mentioned within the interview. “Nothing that I ever did with Dylan in my life may very well be misconstrued as that.”

“Why would a man who’s 57 years outdated, I by no means was accused of something in my life, I’m all of a sudden going to drive up in the course of a contentious custody combat at Mia’s nation house but…a 7-year-old lady. On the floor, I didn’t suppose it required any investigation, even.”

Allen, who was by no means charged, additionally mentioned he’d like to speak to Dylan however hasn’t seen her because the allegations first surfaced. “She was a superb child, and I consider she thinks it,” he mentioned. “I don’t consider that she’s making it up, I don’t consider she’s mendacity, I consider she believes it.”

Allen additionally commented on his relationship with Previn, expressing no regrets over the truth that it started whereas he was nonetheless with Farrow. As for the quite a few actors who’ve mentioned they gained’t work with Allen sooner or later, the filmmaker once more introduced himself as a sufferer: “I feel they’re properly which means, however they’re silly. All they’re doing is that they’re persecuting a wonderfully harmless individual, and so they’re enabling this lie,” he mentioned.

The 35-minute streaming unique incorporates roughly 17 minutes of the Allen interview, plus Gayle King’s 2018 “CBS This Morning” interview with Dylan Farrow and a brand new phase from “CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent Erin Moriarty concerning the separation of artwork from the artist, significantly in cases involving misconduct.

The interview had been carried out in reference to the 2020 launch of Allen’s autobiography, “Apropos of Nothing,” which was dropped by unique writer Hachette E-book Group however launched by unbiased press Arcade Publishing. In accordance with CBS Information, the choice to disclose the interview now got here right down to timing and the flexibleness supplied by the streaming platform.

“The interview, which occurred final summer season throughout an lively information cycle, is being introduced now given the renewed curiosity within the controversy surrounding the filmmaker,” a CBS Information consultant mentioned in a press release launched to The Instances. “The unique for Paramount+ presents the power to discover Allen, his profession, and the allegations in context and with the depth that this story calls for.”

Paramount+, an in depth rebranding of CBS All Entry, launched March 4. Shortly after that launch, the service drew criticism from prospects when it was unable to stream Oprah Winfrey’s blockbuster CBS interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, as Winfrey retained rights.

When Selection requested Allen’s spokesperson, his sister and producer Letty Aronson, whether or not CBS Information had knowledgeable them of the repackaging of the interview for Paramount+, Aronson mentioned no and referred to as the choice “utterly dishonest and scandalous.”

“I hope future folks will contemplate this earlier than trusting the present,” she advised Selection.

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