Woody Allen is resigned to being mired in infamy for the rest of his life.
“I assume that for the rest of my life a large number of people will think I was a predator,” the director recently told The Guardian.
Allen, 84, is referring to the scandal that shook the world. In 1992, it was was discovered that Allen, then 58, was having an affair with his then partner Mia Farrow’s 21-year-old adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn.
During their bitter breakup, Farrow accused Allen of sexually molesting their 7-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan.
In 1993, the Connecticut state prosecutor announced that despite “probable cause,” there would not be charges placed to “avoid the unjustifiable risk of exposing a child to the rigors and uncertainties of a questionable prosecution.” The New York Child Welfare Agency closed an investigation finding that there was no credible evidence of abuse that same year.
Dylan, now 34, has maintained that Allen abused her, which he has vigorously denied.
“I thought people would see it as laughable rubbish right away and from day one I never really took it seriously,” Allen explained. “I mean, it’s like being confronted with a story that I murdered six people with a machine gun.”
The Oscar winner also slammed actors who have denounced him, including Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Hall and Colin Firth.
In his recent memoir, Allen claimed that Timothée Chalamet, who stars in his upcoming movie “Rainy Day” said publicly he regretted working with Allen but told Allen’s sister that his agent had pressured him to do so to improve his chances of winning an Oscar for “Call Me By Your Name.”
“It’s silly. The actors have no idea of the facts and they latch on to some self-serving, public, safe position. Who in the world is not against child molestation?” he scoffed. “That’s how actors and actresses are, and [denouncing me] became the fashionable thing to do, like everybody suddenly eating kale.”
Allen added that the scandal will probably be mentioned in the first paragraph of his obituary and he’s okay with that.
“That’s the way it is and all I can do is keep my nose to the grindstone and hope that people will come to their senses at some point. But if not, not,” he said. “There are many injustices in the world far worse than this. So you live with it.”
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