The Academy Award-winning actor confirmed his decision in a statement to The Guardian on Thursday (January 19). In an open letter published on the New York Times blog, Farrow maintained that she had been scarred by her assault and blamed Hollywood for "turning a blind eye".
She recently spoke out about the allegations in a new interview. The Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird star said he did so in order "to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the fearless artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with respect and dignity they deserve".
Woody Allen's adoptive daughter says she feels "outrage" after being "ignored and disbelieved" over her claims of sexual abuse.
"Of course, I did not molest Dylan", he said.
When CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King plainly asked Farrow if this was a personal vendetta to take down her former stepfather, Farrow responded that she had a right to be angry and was exhausted of being ignored and tossed aside for years.
In the CBS interview on Thursday, Farrow said she felt there had to be strength in numbers for claims to be believed.
The director said: "But 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". She alleges that Allen is "lying and he's been lying for so long". Dylan's older brother Moses has said he witnessed their mother relentlessly coaching her, trying to drum into her that her father was a unsafe sexual predator. I can not begin to imagine how you have felt, all these years as you watched someone you called out as having hurt you as a child, a vulnerable little girl in his care, be lauded again and again, including by me and countless others in Hollywood who praised him and ignored you. "Every step of the way, my mother has told me to tell the truth".
Farrow's brother, journalist Ronan Farrow, was one of the first reporters to break details of the Harvey Weinstein scandal which prompted the MeToo and Time's Up campaigns. The breakout star of "Call Me By Your Name" announced on Instagram that he didn't want to profit from his work on Allen's "A Rainy Day in NY", which wrapped shooting in the fall.
"I believe Dylan", Oscar-winner Natalie Portman told Oprah Winfrey in a recent group interview with others. "I regret this decision and wouldn't make the same one today". It shouldn't have to be that a small army has to come forward against one person to be credible.