Woody Allen says he’s open to reconnecting with his daughter Dylan Farrow and son Ronan Farrowfrom whom he has been estranged for years.
During a Sunday September 3rd interview with diversity, Allen, 87, was asked if he had seen Dylan, 38, or Ronan, 35, recently. “NO. Always ready, but no,” he told the outlet.
Dylan, whom Allen adopted in 1985 along with his former partner Mia Farrow, claimed in 1992 that Allen molested her at Mia’s home in Bridgewater, Connecticut. Dylan was 7 years old at the time. Allen has repeatedly denied the claim, while Dylan has continued to speak out about the alleged adult abuse, including in the 2021 HBO docuseries Allen vs. Farrow.
Ronan also participated in the series and claimed in Episode 4 that Allen would only pay for his college education if he publicly discredited Dylan’s claims. “The offer was always that if I was willing to take public action against my mother and sister, he would offer financial support, support for my education, and maybe a comfortable life with a powerful, influential man,” Ronan claimed.
Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previnwhom Mia adopted with her ex-husband André Previn prior to her relationship with Allen, spoke out against the series’ claims after the first episode aired.
“These documentarians had no interest in the truth. Instead, they have spent years secretly working with the Farrows and their supporters to orchestrate a plan rife with falsehoods,” the couple’s team said in a statement, adding that “the allegations are absolutely false.”
Allen expressed similar views at their last meeting diversity Interview in which he said “there was nothing to the allegations of sexual abuse”.
“The situation was investigated by two people, by two big bodies, not by people, but by two big investigative bodies. And both, after long, detailed investigations, concluded that these allegations were unfounded,” he told the outlet.
The filmmaker continued, “The fact that it goes on like this always makes me think maybe people like the idea of it going on like this.” You know, maybe there’s something that will appeal to people. But why? Why? I don’t know what to do other than get it checked out, which they’ve done so meticulously.”
When asked if he felt he was “cancelled,” Allen replied, who received a lengthy standing ovation with his film coup de chance The film, which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival on Monday, replied, “I think when you get cancelled, that’s the culture that needs to be cancelled.” I just find it all so silly. I don’t think about it. I don’t know what it means to be cancelled.”
Alongside Dylan and Ronan, Allen is father to son Moses, 45, whom he adopted with Mia, and daughters Bechet, 24, and Manzie, 23, whom he adopted with Previn, 52.
Allen and Previn’s relationship has also generated controversy over the years. Although Allen claimed in his 2020 memoir: Speaking of nothingthat he first kissed Previn when she was a freshman, Mia claimed Allen vs. Farrow that the relationship started when Previn was in high school.
“She would wear her school uniform at lunch,” Mia claimed. “They would switch beds after she left.”
Mia added that when she discovered the relationship, she didn’t blame her adopted daughter. “She was just a little kid when he came into the family. She was just a little girl,” she said. “We were a family and he was at my house as a partner and as such he had responsibilities, you know? You must not have sex with my children. That wasn’t part of the deal.”
If you or someone you know has been sexually abused, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).