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Woody Allen Dismisses Daughter’s Abuse Allegation As ‘Tabloid Stupidity’

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In May, Woody Allen’s estranged son Ronan Farrow published an op-ed criticizing the media for pitching his father softball interview questions in the wake of the revived accusation that he molested adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, whom he adopted with former partner Mia Farrow, at the age of seven. Ronan discussed how journalists allegedly avoided asking his father tough questions about the molestation claims because they were afraid to lose access to Allen and the roster of A-list stars represented by the auteur’s powerful publicist.

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You can see more of this journalistic kid glove treatment in the latest round of press for Allen’s film “Café Society.” For example, in this THR interview, the reporter lobs Allen questions like “Have you seen any superhero films?” and “What are your dreams like?” Thursday’s Guardian profile does actually pose a question about the molestation allegations to Allen amid a mostly fawning feature.

Last week, he reiterates his position. “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. 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.”

He sounds weary, sad, flat. He’s not used the word “harassed” in relation to the case before; today he uses it twice, the second time directing me to an article rebutting Ronan (“probably the best thing written on this since the whole harassment started … mature and not vitriolic and decent”). Which suggests that he may read some press, and that he is affected by it.

It’s interesting that Allen dismissed his own daughter’s 2014 New York Times column detailing her allegations of getting molested by her father as well as his son publicly expressing solidarity with her claims as “tabloid stupidity.”

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In any case, it’s not like any members of the press are actually going to hold his feet to the fire over these revived claims. They’d rather just romanticize the fact that he still prefers a typewriter to a computer.

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