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Woody Allen calls HBO documentary on abuse allegation a ‘hatchet job’

Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn have attacked a new HBO documentary that reexamines a decades-old claim that the Oscar-winning filmmaker assaulted his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, calling the TV series “ax work.”

HBO kicked off the first episode of the four-part documentary series “Allen v. Farrow ”. The series includes in-depth interviews with Allen’s former partner Mia Farrow and Dylan Farrow, who reiterated their accusation that Allen sexually assaulted Dylan in 1992, when she was seven years old.

It also contains new material, including interviews with people who knew the family.

Shortly after the first episode aired, a spokesperson for Allen and Previn released a statement saying documentary makers “weren’t interested in the truth.”

“Instead, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their facilitators to put together a hatchet job riddled with lies,” the statement said.

“As we have known for decades, these allegations are categorically false,” he added.

Allen, the four-time Oscar winner of “Annie Hall” and other comedies, has repeatedly denied assaulting Dylan Farrow. He did not participate in the documentary.

The filmmaker, 85, has long claimed that Mia Farrow fabricated the assault complaint against him and planted them in Dylan’s mind after learning that Allen was having an affair with the actress’ adopted daughter, Previn, then 22 years old.

Allen has never been arrested or prosecuted for the sexual abuse allegation, which was first made in 1993. She was investigated by Connecticut State Police, where Mia Farrow and his children lived.

The new statement from Allen and spokesman for Previn said that “several agencies” investigated the allegation at the time “and found that whatever Dylan Farrow may have been led to believe, absolutely no abuse. had never taken place. ”

The statement also said that it was “unfortunately not surprising that the network to broadcast this is HBO – which has a permanent production deal and a commercial relationship with Ronan Farrow.” Ronan Farrow is Dylan’s brother and has spoken on behalf of his sister.

“While this shoddy hit piece may attract attention, it does not change the facts,” the statement said.

A spokesperson for HBO, a unit of AT&T Inc, made no immediate comment.


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