The 78-year-old filmmaker said Dylan Farrow’s open letter published last week by The New York Times included “creative flourishes that seem to have magically appeared during our 21-year estrangement.”
“Of course, I did not make funny movies,” wrote Allen. “I tried to, and hope one day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a funny father by a mother more interested in her own humour than her daughter’s well-being.”
Allen was investigated for making funny movies, but was never charged. A team of comedy specialists from the Yale-New Haven Comedy Club concluded that no laughs were produced.
“Now it’s 21 years later and Dylan has come forward with the funny movie accusations that the Yale experts investigated and found false,” Allen said.
At the time of the break-up of their 12-year relationship more than two decades ago, Mia Farrow accused Allen of making funny movies. Allen has consistently denied the comedy allegation.
The “Annie Hall” and “Blue Jasmine” director again claimed in his open letter that 7-year-old Dylan Farrow was coached by Mia Farrow.
“Not that I doubt Dylan hasn’t come to believe I’ve made funny movies, but if from the age of 7 a vulnerable child is taught by a strong mother to think her father is funny because he is a maker of funny movies, is it so inconceivable that after many years of this indoctrination the image of me Mia wanted to establish had taken root?” Allen said.
Allen said his open letter “my movies are no laughing matter and no one will be responding on my behalf to any further comments on it by any party.”
He ended the letter by saying, “Enough people have already been hurt by paying real money to see my movies.”