Woody Allen’s former partner Mia Farrow posted a mocking message on Twitter as he was honoured at the Golden Globes ceremony – with her son joining in to reignite allegations that the director sexually abused his own daughter when she was seven.
Allen, the 78-year -old director, was honoured by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with a lifetime achievement Golden Globes award on Sunday evening.
The director, who is “not an awards person”, was not at the ceremony in Los Angeles at which he was lauded for his contribution to the industry.
Farrow turned to Twitter to voice her displeasure as the award was collected on Allen’s behalf by Diane Keaton, his co-star in Annie Hall.
“Time to grab some ice cream & switch over to #GIRLS ... Nite all, ” Farrow wrote.
It triggered a bitter custody battle in 1992 during which another adopted daughter, Dylan, accused the director of molesting her. She repeated the allegation last year in an interview with Vanity Fair.
Ronan Farrow wrote during the ceremony: “Missed the Woody Allen tribute – did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?”
He was born during Mia Farrow’s 12 year relationship with Allen. She suggested last year that his father was “possibly” Frank Sinatra.
Allen has always denied the allegations, which he insists were an attempt to ruin his reputation during the custody battle with Farrow.
Elkan Abramowitz, Woody Allen’s lawyer, dismissed the tweets: “Years ago it was determined that the allegations concerning Woody and his daughter were false and totally improper.”
Dylan Farrow told Vanity Fair last year: “I was seven,” she said. “I was doing it because I was scared. I wanted it to stop.” She assumed “this was how fathers treated their daughters,” she said. “This was normal interaction, and I was not normal for feeling uncomfortable about it.” Following an investigation by child services officials, no charges were brought against Allen.
Allen and Soon-Yi married in Venice in 1997. In 2011 interview with Reuters, Allen defended his involvement with Soon-Yi.
“What was the scandal? I fell in love with this girl, married her. We have been married for almost 15 years now.
“There was no scandal, but people refer to it all the time as a scandal and I kind of like that in a way because when I go I would like to say I had one real juicy scandal in my life.”