Times may publish Woody Allen’s rebuttal to Dylan Farrow

BY Sam Lane  February 5, 2014 at 3:58 PM EST
Director Woody Allen attends “The Revisionist” opening night on Feb. 28, 2013, in New York City. Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Director Woody Allen attends “The Revisionist” opening night on Feb. 28, 2013, in New York City. Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

The New York Times said Wednesday it may publish an op-ed by famed movie maker Woody Allen that responds to allegations of sexual assault from Dylan Farrow, his adopted daughter.

Times public editor Margaret Sullivan wrote that Allen has asked for a chance to respond to the allegations and editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal reportedly told Allen to send the column. The newspaper does not usually publish direct responses to columns as full op-eds, Rosenthal said.

“In this case, it was so personal, we thought that we should,” Rosenthal said, adding the piece could appear within the next few days.

On Saturday, the Times published “An Open Letter from Dylan Farrow,” which included her account of the alleged abuse.

“Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse,” she wrote.

In a statement Sunday, Allen’s spokeswoman Leslee Dart wrote that Allen called the allegations “untrue and disgraceful.”