NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A team of child sexual abuse experts cleared Woody Allen of Mia Farrow’s charge that he molested their adopted 7-year-old daughter, Allen said yesterday. They also recommended that Farrow undergo psychiatric counseling, he said.
The actor/filmmaker said he would seek custody of the girl and his other two children.
Farrow had accused Allen of sexually abusing the child, Dylan, in August at Farrow’s Bridgewater home.
Farrow had been Allen’s companion and favorite leading lady for 12 years until a bitter split last summer, when he disclosed his romantic involvement with Farrow’s 22-year-old adopted daughter.
Allen and Farrow arrived separately yesterday at Yale-New Haven Hospital and were briefed together by three child sexual-abuse experts on a report they compiled as part of a state police investigation of the allegations.
Allen emerged from the 2 1/2-hour meeting and told reporters and photographers that the report found “I never ever used my daughter, that no sexual abuse took place.”
Of Farrow’s allegations, which came during a child custody dispute, Allen said, “A terrible, terrible crime has been committed against my daughter.”
Farrow’s only comment was, “I’ll always stand by my children.”
Her attorney, Eleanor Alter, said Farrow felt the Yale team’s findings were “incomplete and inaccurate.” Alter said a court will determine “what actually happened.”
“The Yale group, despite Farrow’s request, declined to meet with people whose information would’ve been vitally important to their findings, including Farrow’s older children,” Alter said.
Allen said the investigators indicated that a videotape in which Dylan made abuse allegations may have been doctored.
Farrow, 47, and Allen have one biological child, Satchel, 5, and two adopted kids, Moses, 14, and Dylan.
At the request of Allen and Farrow, the report won’t be released to the public. It will be given to Litchfield State’s Attorney Frank Maco, whose office has been coordinating an investigation of the allegations.