Woody Allen addressed the allegations of sexual assault made against him by daughter Dylan Farrow in a 2020 interview with CBS Sunday Morning, which has just now been released, reports people.com.
The interview, which began streaming on Paramount+ on March 28, was recorded last July, following the release of the director's memoir Apropos of Nothing, according to the network.
As Allen's interview was recorded prior to the release of HBO's docu-series ‘Allen v. Farrow’, it does not address any specific claims made against Allen in the series.
Addressing the allegation, Allen, who has long denied abusing Dylan, said, "Nothing that I ever did with Dylan in my life could be misconstrued as that."
The allegations against Farrow, made by a then-7-year-old Dylan, were first reported during his 1992 split from Mia Farrow. Allen was not charged, though a Connecticut prosecutor said there was probable cause for a criminal case.
"Why would a guy who's 57 years old? I never was accused of anything in my life, I'm suddenly going to drive up in the middle of a contentious custody fight at Mia's country home (with) a 7-year-old girl. It just – on the surface, I didn't think it required any investigation, even," Allen, 85, told CBS' Lee Cowan in the interview.
"It's so preposterous, and yet the smear has remained. And they still prefer to cling to if not the notion that I molested Dylan, the possibility that I molested her. Nothing that I ever did with Dylan in my life could be misconstrued as that," Allen added.
In the four-part HBO docuseries, Dylan recounted the "intense" and "grueling" evaluations she underwent as a child shortly after she accused Allen of sexually abusing her
During the 2020 interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Allen said that he doesn't believe Dylan is "lying."
"I believe she thinks it. She was a good kid. I do not believe that she's making it up. I don't believe she's lying. I believe she believes that," said Allen, who has long maintained that Dylan was coached by Mia.
The CBS Sunday Morning interview also included Dylan's 2018 interview with Gayle King.