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Woody Allen’s attorney responds to Dylan Farrow’s allegations, blames Mia Farrow

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Woody Allen is experiencing “overwhelming sadness” over his estranged daughter’s claim that he sexually abused her when she was a little girl, but his attorney says he doesn’t believe the now 28-year old Dylan Farrow is lying, either. On Feb. 4, People reported that Allen’s attorney denied that his client sexually abused his daughter when she was 7 years old, and claimed she has been brainwashed by her mother, Mia Farrow.

Last week, Dylan Farrow penned a scathing open letter to the New York Times, in which she went into detail about the alleged abuse that occurred when she was seven years old. In the letter, Farrow called out actors Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson, Diane Keaton and more, for continuing to work with the 78-year old screenwriter/director.

"His reaction is one of overwhelming sadness because of what has happened to Dylan," attorney Elkan Abramowitz told NBC's “Today Show” on Tuesday. "She was a pawn in a huge fight between him and Mia Farrow years ago, and the idea that she was molested was implanted in her by her mother. That memory is never going to go away … In my view, she's not lying. I think she truly believes this happened. When you implant a story in a fragile 7-year-old's mind, it stays there forever. It never goes away."

Abramowitz revealed that Allen will not press charges against Farrow.

"Woody Allen is not interested in suing anybody for defamation. He was determined not to have molested his daughter 20 years ago. The case is over. There is no case. The fact that it is being brought up now is suspect. The timing is suspect,” he said.

New York Daily News columnist Denis Hamill recently recalled a 1993 interview he did with Allen after he was cleared of sex abuse allegations. At the time, Allen said, "You would think any mother would be relieved that a three-member panel, two of them women, found that her daughter had not been molested. But so deep is her venom that she actually sees this as a loss. That is terribly sad. She knows I never molested Dylan."

Woody Allen was honored with a lifetime achievement award at last month’s Golden Globes ceremony.

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