Connecticut Won't Prosecute Woody Allen
Sep. 23, 1993
NEW YORK (AP) _ Connecticut authorities will not prosecute Woody Allen on charges he sexually molested his adopted daughter, Dylan, according to news reports.
After a year-long investigation, Connecticut State Attorney Frank Maco has decided not to pursue charges against Allen because of the lack of witnesses to the alleged abuse of Dylan and concern about her credibility on the stand, New York Newsday reported today.
''There wasn't enough to warrant putting (Dylan) through a trial,'' the newspaper quotes a a source familiar with the investigation as saying.
WNYW-TV reported on Wednesday that Maco is expected to say at a news conference Friday that there was evidence warranting prosecution but that he decided against bringing charges because of the sensitive nature of the case and the risk to the child.
Allen, 58, had been accused of fondling Dylan, now 8, at the Connecticut country house of his longtime lover and frequent co-star, Mia Farrow, in August 1992. Nine months earlier, Farrow and Allen's 12-year relationship ended when Farrow learned Allen was sexually involved with her adopted, college-aged daughter, Soon-Yi Previn.
In June, after a vicious custody hearing, a Manhattan state Supreme Court judge ruled Allen could only have supervised visits with his biological son, Satchel, and postponed any visitation he might have with Dylan.
Allen's lawyer, Elkan Abramowitz, blasted Connecticut police for delaying their decision. He told Newsday that Allen should have been cleared last spring, when a report by the Yale-New Haven psychiatric clinic, hired by Connecticut police to evaluate Dylan, raised doubts about her claims.
A psychiatrist at the clinic described Dylan as a dreamy child who ''had difficulty distinguishing fantasy from reality.''
''The whole process stinks,'' Abramowitz said. ''The police and the state's attorney were used to unfairly influence the custody case.''
Abramowitz is planning to appeal the custody ruling. Meanwhile, Farrow is suing in Surrogate's Court, asking that Allen be stripped of his rights as the adoptive father of Dylan and Moses, 15.
Farrow's lawyer, Eleanor Alter, was in a meeting this morning and had no comment, her office said.