Woody Allen and wife launch blistering attack on Allen v Farrow documentary – Mirror.co.uk

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Furious Woody Allen has issued a rare statement to hit back at long-standing allegations that he abused his adopted daughter.

The Oscar-winning film director, 85, launched a blistering attack on HBO’s four-part documentary Allen v Farrow, which has aired in the US.

The series examines Allen’s relationship with daughter Dylan and his split from her actress mum Mia Farrow.

Its explosive content includes a never-before-seen 1992 home video shot by Mia, 76, in which Dylan, seven at the time, describes how Allen allegedly “touched her private parts”.

She claims he told her: “Do not move, I have to do this,” as he allegedly molested her in the loft of the family’s then home.

But Allen, whose classic films include Annie Hall and Manhattan, and his wife, Soon-Yi Previn, 50, blasted back: “These documentarians had no interest in the truth.

Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi arrive at the premiere of her new film, 'Match Point', at the Curzon Mayfair, central London, Sunday 18 December 2005
Allen and his wife slammed the programme

“Instead, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their enablers to put together a hatchet job riddled with falsehoods. As has been known for decades, these allegations are categorically false. Multiple agencies investigated and found that, whatever Dylan may have been led to believe, absolutely no abuse had ever taken place.”

They went on to suggest HBO’s collaboration with Allen’s estranged son Ronan proved its bias as the channel had a production deal with him.

Ronan Farrow with sister Dylan
Ronan Farrow said he ‘proud’ of sister Dylan over HBO’s docuseries

The pair added: “While this shoddy hit piece may gain attention, it does not change the facts.” Allen claims he and his wife were approached about the series less than two months ago and given “only days” to respond.

But producer Amy Herdy insisted: “I reached out a few times to try and interview him and got crickets [silence] back.”

Dylan Farrow and Mia Farrow in 2016 attend the 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Time Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Time)
Dylan Farrow and Mia Farrow in 2016
Woody Allen film director actor and partner Mia Farrow 1986 leaving restaurant in New York City
Woody Allen with Mia Farrow in New York in 1986

Dylan’s widely reported claim never resulted in criminal action against Allen, who accuses Farrow of “relentlessly coaching” his daughter into thinking he was a “dangerous sexual predator”.

Allen believes Mia was driven by fury at his relationship with Soon-Yi, who is the adopted daughter of the actress and her conductor ex Andre Previn.

 

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