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Woody Allen pleads innocence in his first TV interview in 30 years

In his first TV interview in three decades, Woody Allen has pledged his innocence in the sexual abuse allegations made by his daughter, Dylan Farrow.

CW: Child sexual abuse

The interview, filmed in July, has been released in response to the conclusion of the HBO docuseries Allen V. Farrow, which details the sexual assault allegations against him by his daughter.

Farrow, who originally made her allegations in 1992, has stuck by them since then; unsurprisingly, Allen has stuck to his steadfast denial of all his daughter’s allegations.

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“It’s so preposterous, and yet the smear has remained and [the Farrows] still prefer to cling to if not the notion that I molested Dylan, then the possibility that I molested her,” Allen said in the interview. “Nothing that I ever did with Dylan in my life could be misconstrued as that,” he continued.

Interestingly, Allen’s focus is less on Dylan’s version of events, but is rather on his ex-partner Mia Farrow’s encouragement of the allegations in the late ’90s, during a bitter split between the couple.

Woody Allen’s never been shy to controversy. During their split, Farrow found out that Allen had maintained a sexual relationship with their adoptive step-daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, whom he has now married. (Side note: this is the same man that, over 10 years prior, made Manhattan: a film that depicts a middle-aged man dating a teenager…)

In the interview, Allen also went on to comment directly on Dylan Farrow, saying that: “She was a good kid. I believe she thinks it. I don’t believe she’s making it up. She’s not lying. I believe she believes that,” while continuing to plead his innocence to the claims Farrow has made.