TODAY   |  February 08, 2014

Woody Allen responds to daughter’s abuse allegations

One week after an open letter to The New York Times, in which his daughter revealed shocking details of alleged child molestation, the director has now written a letter of his own. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren reports.

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>>> in new york with woody allen speaking out for the first time since his daughter, dylan farrow, wrote an open letter to "the new york times," revealing details of alleged child molestation by allen . kristen dahlgren is here with more on the letter allen wrote responding to the allegations. good morning.

>> good morning, erica. this is a fight playing out in a public way from "the new york times" to social media with both sides lashing out now some 21 years after the alleged abuse. in his letter to "the new york times," woody allen fires back, answering the abuse charges, claiming his former lover, mia farrow , was behind their daughter's accusations in the midst of the couple's bitter custody battle. allen calls the accusations ludicrous and writes, "i hadn't molested dylan and any rational person would see the ploy for what it was. common sense would prevail. after all, i was a 56-year-old man who had never before or after been accused of child molestation ."

>> each side is arguing in the court of public opinion its strongest arguments.

>> reporter: the decades-old wounds were reopened recently when allen received a lifetime achievement award at the " golden globes ." first, a tweet from allen 's estranged son, rowan, now a host on msnbc, who wrote, "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 ?" then the letter from dylan last week going public , also in "the new york times," with the now 28-year-old saying when she was 7, her father led her into a closet-like attic, writing, "he told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother's electric train set . then he sexually assaulted me. woody allen points out, the allegations were investigated at the time and no charges were filed. he suggests his relationship with mia farrow 's daughter "outraged mia as improper, despite the fact she had dated a much older frank sinatra when she was 19."

>> nobody has ruled on the central issue in this case, whether he molested her or not, and i don't think any court ever will.

>> now, we reached out to reps for mia farrow , who had no comment. dylan farrow, though, released this statement late friday night, saying allen 's on yed is "the latest rehash of the same legalese, distortions and outright lies he has leveled at me for the past 20 years." for his part, allen concluded his piece saying this will be his final word on the matter. we reached out to reps for allen , and as expected, they had no comment. erica?

>> all right, kristen, thank you.