Woody Allen is opening up about the many life “traumas” he’s faced — including repeated accusations of sexual abuse by daughter Dylan Farrow.
Addressing Dylan’s claims and his son Ronan Farrow’s explosive column for the Hollywood Reporter, which addressed the sexual abuse claims and condemned the media for not asking Allen about the allegations and stars for working with him, the director tells The Guardian, “I have no interest in all of that. I find that all tabloid stupidity.”
“That situation had been thoroughly, thoroughly investigated up and down the line by New York social services in a 14-month investigation,” he says. “It had been investigated by Yale and conclusions were clear and I have no interest in that whole situation. I get harassed all the time on it. But it doesn’t affect me, and I just have no interest in it.”
In 2014, Dylan — who is one of the star’s three children with ex Mia Farrow — publicly claimed that Allen molested her as a child. (Farrow accused Allen of molesting Dylan in 1992 amid a custody battle but a criminal investigation and child services investigation both found in Allen’s favor.) Allen adamantly denied Dylan’s claims at the time, and, again, after Ronan wrote the May 2016 Reporter column condemning the media for not asking his father about the allegations.
Now, Allen, 80, reflects to the Guardian, “There are traumas in life that weaken us for the future. And that’s what’s happened to me. The various slings and arrows of life have not strengthened me. I think I’m weaker.”
Yet, he says, he’s found happiness with his wife of nearly 20 years, Soon-Yi Previn, 45.
“I’m in a happy marriage,” he says.
As for his teenage daughters with Previn, Bechet and Manzie, he says:
“You can count on them until adolescence.
“You’re king in the house and you’re much needed and much loved and depended on,” he says. “Once they start to come into their adulthood they start to feel their oats, then, all of a sudden, it’s a different story.”
Still, despite a rewarding family life, the Café Society director admits he sometimes feels alone.
“I don’t have that many friends,” he says. “I lead a very isolated life. I come home and I’m with my family. I go to dinner with a few friends and, every once in a while, they’ll ask for advice, but it’s never existential.”