Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn brand doc’s pedo claims a 'hatchet job riddled with falsehoods'February 25, 2021
WOODY Allen and his wife have branded a documentary about the filmmaker's alleged abuse of his adopted daughter as a "hatchet job".
Allen and Soon-Yi Previn described the allegations in the HBO documentary titled Allen v Farrow – aired last night – as "categorically false".
The four-part series explores claims Allen sexually assaulted his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was seven – which he has vehemently denied.
The acclaimed director was never arrested or prosecuted in the decades-old case, after an investigation by state police in Connecticut.
"These documentarians had no interest in the truth," a statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter said.
"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 them at the time and found that, whatever Dylan Farrow may have been led to believe, absolutely no abuse had ever taken place."
Allen claimed the filmmakers Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick "had no interest in the truth".
The couple claimed they only gave them a "matter of days" to respond to the allegations.
"While this shoddy hit piece may gain attention, it does not change the facts," the statement said.
Producer Amy Herdy hit back and told Variety: "I reached out to his rep a few times to try and interview him then – and got crickets back."
The first part of the explosive documentary aired on HBO on Sunday night.
It goes "behind decades of sensational headlines to reveal the private story of one of Hollywood's most notorious and public scandals", HBO said.
Born in 1985, Dylan was adopted by actress Mia Farrow when she was two-weeks-old – she is one of her seven adopted children.
At the time Mia, now aged 76, was in a long-term relationship with Allen – appearing in more than a dozen of his movies from 1982 until 1992.
In 1991, Dylan was co-adopted by Allen along with her adopted brother Moses.
Meanwhile, Allen was having a secret affair with Previn – the daughter Mia adopted with her second husband composer André Previn.
Mia and Allen split in 1992 after she found nude photos of Previn taken by Allen and realized they were having an affair.
Previn spoke out in a wide-ranging interview with New York Magazine in 2018 about Dylan's sexual abuse allegations.
"I was never interested in writing a 'Mommie Dearest,' getting even with Mia – none of that," she said.
“But what’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust."
The new documentary includes footage – publicly aired for the first time – dating back to 1992.
It includes home videos of Dylan, now aged 35, as a youngster, alleging how she was molested by Allen.
She recalls the moment Allen allegedly "touched her private parts".
The filmmakers interviewed Dylan and Mia, and also Fletcher and Daisy Previn – two of Mia’s children with her late ex-husband André.
Dylan first told a doctor in 1992 her father had touched her in the attic of Mia's Connecticut mansion. The doctor alerted the police.
Allen has never been charged with any crime and said in a statement that "no credible evidence of molestation was found".
A team of therapists found the sexual abuse did not take place.
But the presiding judge in the custody battle said he found the therapists' evidence inconclusive and felt their report had been "sanitized" and "colored by loyalty to Mr. Allen".
He concluded Allen's behavior towards Dylan was "grossly inappropriate and that measures must be taken to protect her".
A housekeeper working for Mia claims she saw Allen with his head in Dylan’s lap on the day the alleged abuse is said to have taken place.
Another staff member claims she noticed that Dylan was not wearing any underwear on the day she was allegedly molested.
Mia has claimed that Allen was attending therapy to deal with his behavior towards Dylan before the alleged abuse took place.
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