Woody Allen is addressing Dylan Farrow's sexual molestation allegations through his attorney Elkan Abramowitz.
Appearing on Today Tuesday morning, Abramowitz said that Allen's reaction to the renewed allegations by the daughter he and Mia Farrow adopted, is "one of overwhelming sadness." He said, "She was a pawn in a huge fight between him and Mia Farrow years ago and the idea that she was molested was implanted in her by her mother and that memory is never going to go away."
He told Savannah Guthrie that the charges were investigated and determined that "it didn't happen and that Dylan was coached by her mother." He added of Woody Allen, "Everyone talks about presumption of innocence. He IS innocent. They determined the molestation never took place."
Allen's rep, Leslee Dart, already said the director calls Dylan's allegations "untrue and disgraceful."
Barbara Walters defended Allen on The View, saying, "She's doing it now because he's up for an award."
Dylan's open letter and Twitter postings by Ronan Farrow attacking his estranged father come as the 78-year-old director and his latest film, Blue Jasmine, are up for honors during Hollywood's annual award season. Voting for Oscars begins Feb. 14. The awards will be announced on the March 2 show on ABC.
When asked if Allen might sue for defamation, Abramowitz said, "Woody Allen is not interested in suing anybody for defamation. ... The case is over. There is no case. The fact that it's being brought up now is suspect. The timing is suspect. Nothing's happened. They haven't had any relationship in the last 20 years, so all of a sudden we're seeing these allegations surface again and one had to wonder why."
So why is that? "I think it's a continuation of Mia Farrow's desire to hurt Woody Allen."