Woody Allen says claim he molested daughter ‘discredited’

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Updated 18 January 2018
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Woody Allen says claim he molested daughter ‘discredited’

WASHINGTON: Woody Allen has issued another denial of child molestation, accusing his ex-lover’s family of “cynically” jumping on the Time’s Up movement in Hollywood to repeat a “discredited allegation.”
The legendary American film director issued the statement after his estranged, adopted daughter Dylan Farrow revived allegations that Allen sexually assaulted her as a seven-year-old girl, with her first full television interview broadcast on CBS television Thursday.
“Even though the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time’s Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation, that doesn’t make it any more true today than it was in the past,” said Allen, 82, in a statement sent to AFP.
“I never molested my daughter — as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago,” he added.
Farrow’s claim first surfaced a quarter of a century ago in the wake of her mother’s bitter split from Allen, who ran off in 1992 with his lover’s adoptive daughter from a previous marriage, Soon-Yi Previn, 21 years old at the time.
The famed director of more than 50 movies, winner of four Oscars and showered with awards in Europe, has always denied the allegations and has continued to enjoy a glittering career.
But the sexual harassment firestorm that has brought down Hollywood titans such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey has fueled a growing backlash against Allen, with a growing number of actresses announcing they regret working with him.
Allen said Thursday that the alleged molestation had been “thoroughly investigated” by the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare and that both “independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place.”
“Instead, they found it likely a vulnerable child had been coached to tell the story by her angry mother during a contentious breakup,” he said.
A New York judge who presided over the 1994 custody battle between Allen and actress and activist Mia Farrow ruled that the abuse allegations were inconclusive, but at the same time lambasted the director as “self-absorbed, untrustworthy and insensitive.”
Dylan’s older adopted brother Moses said he had witnessed their mother, Mia Farrow, “relentlessly coaching Dylan, trying to drum into her that her father was a dangerous sexual predator,” said Allen.
“It seems to have worked — and, sadly, I’m sure Dylan truly believes what she says,” he added.


Personality on the morning commute: Australia’s emoji license plates

Updated 21 February 2019
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Personality on the morning commute: Australia’s emoji license plates

  • Queensland's largest automotive organization and some residents welcomed the digital addition
  • But some think it is costly and could attract unwanted attention
BRISBANE, Australia: Motorists in northeastern Australia can soon have their personality permanently stamped on their vehicles with the option of an emoji added to their license plates.
It will be positive vibes only on the morning commute after a Queensland firm announced that from March drivers can add the smiling, winking, laughing out loud, heart-eyed and sunglasses emoji to their plates.
The state’s largest automotive organization has welcomed the digital addition.
“For quite some time we’ve seen you can support your favorite team or town with a symbol on your number plate and using an emoji is no different,” Royal Automobile Club of Queensland spokesperson Rebecca Michaels told AFP.
Queensland resident Laura McKee has already put her order in for the new look plates.
“It’s a bit of fun, if this brightens up someone’s day while their stuck in traffic, then so be it,” she told AFP.
With a cost of between Aus$100 ($70) and $500 per plate, Queensland local Aroha Liebhart isn’t a fan, and thinks the emojis could attract unwanted attention.
“The cost pushes them out of reach for so many people, no one I know will be purchasing them when they’re so expensive,” she told AFP.
“I live in a high crime area, I do believe this will entice people to target the cars who do have them.”
But resident Mark Edwards wants to see more options for drivers, to better express a driver’s changing moods.
“They should be interchangeable so when you’re tired you can warn drivers, or when you’re a little angry you can swap them over,” he told AFP.