Allen attacks ‘hatchet job’ documentary on abuse allegations

Woody Allen has called a documentary about claims he molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow a “hatchet job” and a “shoddy hit piece”.

The HBO programme features interviews with the film director’s ex-wife Mia Farrow, as well as his accuser.

She alleges Allen, 85, abused her in 1992 when she was seven years old. The decades-old allegations have always been denied by Allen.

Dylan Farrow claims she was molested by Allen when she was seven. Pic: AP
Image:Dylan Farrow claims she was molested by Allen when she was seven. Pic: AP

The four-part programme, Allen v Farrow, also contains new material such as interviews with people who knew the family.

Allen and wife Soon-Yi Previn issued a statement as the first episode was broadcast in the US, saying the documentary’s makers “had no interest in the truth”.

“Instead, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their enablers to put together a hatchet job riddled with falsehoods,” said the statement, issued via a representative.

“Woody and Soon-Yi were approached less than two months ago and given only a matter of days ‘to respond’. Of course, they declined to do so.”

Allen did not participate in the programme but audio excerpts were used from his memoir, Apropos Of Nothing.

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The statement added: “As has been known for decades, these allegations are categorically false.

“Multiple agencies investigated them at the time and found that, whatever Dylan Farrow may have been led to believe, absolutely no abuse had ever taken place.

“It is sadly unsurprising that the network to air this is HBO – which has a standing production deal and business relationship with Ronan Farrow. While this shoddy hit piece may gain attention, it does not change the facts.”

Mia Farrow and her son Ronan Farrow
Image:Mia Farrow and her son Ronan Farrow

Relatives, investigators, witnesses and family friend Carly Simon feature in the documentary.

The director has long said Mia Farrow made up the claim and planted them in her daughter’s mind after learning that Allen was having an affair with the actress’s then-22-year-old adopted daughter Previn – now his wife.

Allen has never been arrested or prosecuted over the allegation, first made in 1993.

Thank you to everyone for their kind words, the outpouring of support means more to me than I can say ♥️ Speaking the truth is so difficult, but I hope any fellow survivors who watched last night know they are not alone. The truth is something that cannot be changed.

— Dylan Farrow (@RealDylanFarrow) February 22, 2021

Dylan Farrow thanked people for an “outpouring of support” on Monday and shared a link to a group that helps sexual abuse survivors.

“Speaking the truth is so difficult, but I hope any fellow survivors who watched last night know they are not alone,” she tweeted. “The truth is something that cannot be changed.”

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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