Woody Allen calls daughter Dylan Farrow’s accusation of sexually abusing her as a child “a false accusation but a great boulevard drama” in a new interview with the Mail on Sunday Newspaper.
The renewed interest in Farrow’s longstanding claims has led to public outcry. Allen’s recent memoirs were canceled by his original publisher after employees protested. And many actors who worked with the filmmaker have since distanced themselves – a move that Allen suggests is more “tactical” than moral.
Timothée told my sister [the film producer Letty Aronson] It was important for him to say what he was doing back then because he was nominated for an Oscar and had to stay away from any associations, ”Allen tells the newspaper of actor Timothée Chalamet, who donated his salary from A rainy day in New York until the time runs out. “It was a tactical thing.”
Despite the backlash and Amazon Studio’s decision to withdraw the film, A rainy day in New York has achieved some worldwide cash register successes. But Allen says that the controversy surrounding him doesn’t impress.
“I don’t feel confirmed because that means I was worried and – I don’t want to look numb – but I’m not,” he says. “Of course I am aware that I am the subject of gossip and scandal, but I cannot be disturbed. I live my life. I am working. I play jazz. I watch sports. I see my friends. I don’t look up and read nothing. “
He adds that he avoids the headlines and focuses on his trustworthy inner circle.
“Even if Dylan [whose mother is Allen’s ex, Mia Farrow] was to come out and say that she made it up and I’m sorry some people would still believe the story, ”he explains. “So I ignore it. I am working. I will continue. I surround myself with people I have known for a long time, people who know the truth. “
The 84-year-old also talks about his marriage to Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn in an interview. The couple have been married since 1997, about five years after their affair became a public scandal. They now have two adoptive daughters of their own, both in their early twenties (“Nobody only lets you adopt children,” notes Allen, further denying Dylan’s claims.)
“I admit it didn’t make sense when our relationship started,” he says of his 22-year marriage. “On the surface, we looked like an irrational match. I was much older and she was an adopted child.
“From the outside it looked like it was an exploitative situation – I would exploit her as an older predatory man and she would exploit me for everything I had. That was never the case. “
Although Allen is dissatisfied with his work and does not feel comfortable with the current corona virus locks (“everything is closed and there is an atmosphere of fear on the streets”, he complains), Allen says that he has found happiness – somehow.
“I am happy in my marriage. I am happy with my family, but you can never be happy on this planet. We are in a bad situation. Human existence is precarious, frightening and senseless. “
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