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The Spinning of a Scandal

The director responds to his estranged daughter Dylan Farrow’s ”New York Times” letter about the sexual abuse she suffered as a child by him

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The family drama rages on between Woody Allen, 78, and his estranged daughter Dylan Farrow, who accused the director of sexual abuse more than 20 years ago and again in a recent, brutally detailed letter excerpted in The New York Times. Now the Blue Jasmine filmmaker has lashed back in a Feb. 7 Times piece of his own, in which he denied the claims and pointed the finger at his ex Mia Farrow for her “shabby agenda…to hurt me with a smear.” (He claims that Dylan, who was 7 when the alleged abuse occurred, is a victim of her mother’s “indoctrination.”) Following Allen’s piece, Dylan, now 28, released a point-by-point counterattack to The Hollywood Reporter, dismissing Allen’s claims as “distortions and outright lies” and “an effort to discredit and silence me.” (Mia, 69, is a vocal supporter of her daughter, tweeting “this is not about me, it’s about her truth.” Meanwhile, Dylan’s brother Moses has sided with Allen, saying, “Of course Woody did not molest my sister.”) As the saga continues to play out in the press, Allen wrote that his angry missive would be his “final word on the entire matter.” At least for now.