Woody Allen hits back at claims he abused daughter Dylan when she was 7 – but says 'I don’t think she’s lying'

WOODY Allen has hit back at claims he sexually abused his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow while she was a seven-year-old child.  

In an interview that is airing on Paramount Plus, the legendary director slammed the allegations as "preposterous".

The interview was conducted by CBS Sunday Morning reporter Lee Cowan in July 2020.

The package included CBS This Morning's extensive 2018 interview of Dylan Farrow by Gayle King, in which she said she had told her mom Mia Farrow that Allen had molested her in 1992.

The allegations surfaced when Dylan told a doctor her then 57-year-old father had touched her in the attic of Mia's Connecticut mansion. 

The police were then alerted.

In the interview, Allen, 85, who has never been charged with a crime, has continued to maintain his innocence.

He said: "It’s so preposterous and yet the smear has remained.

"There’s no logic to it. One the face of it I didn’t think it required any investigation.

It’s so preposterous and yet the smear has remaine

 "And they still prefer to cling to if not the notion that I molested Dylan then the possibility that I molested Dylan

"Nothing that I ever did could be misconstrued as that."

Referring to Dylan and her allegations, Allen said she was a "good kid" and revealed he thought she believed her own claims.

He said: "I do not believe she’s making it up, I don’t think she’s lying. I believe she believes it."

The Oscar-winning actor and director said he wanted to "reach out to talk" to Dylan, who is now 35. 

The special was recorded before the release of Allen v. Farrow earlier this year in which his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow speaks on camera about her alleged sexual abuse 

In another new part of the CBS special, Erin Moriarty explored how the public views and treats controversial artists have been alleged 'to have acted in a morally questionable manner.'

CBS News said in a statement to Variety said: "Lee Cowan sat down with Woody Allen in July 2020 following the release of his memoir for what would be Allen's first significant television interview in nearly three decades.

"The interview, which occurred last summer during an active news cycle, is being presented now given the renewed interest in the controversy surrounding the filmmaker."

The statement added: "The exclusive for Paramount Plus offers the ability to explore Allen, his career, and the allegations in context and with the depth that this story demands."

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