Woody Allen is once again denying claims that he abused his estranged daughter, Dylan Farrow. This time, the filmmaker and his wife, Soon-Yi Previn, are pushing back against the allegations as brought forth in the new HBO docuseries Allen v. Farrow, characterizing them as “categorically false” in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter published Sunday. The series, which debuted Sunday night, traces Dylan’s long-maintained allegations that Allen sexually abused her when she was a child.
In a joint statement, Allen and Previn claimed that the creators of Allen v. Farrow “spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their enablers to put together a hatchet job riddled with falsehoods.” They also claim the filmmakers approached them “less than two months ago” and allegedly “only gave them a matter of days ‘to respond,’” which they declined to do at the time.
The statement also hits out at Allen’s estranged son, journalist Ronan Farrow, who has a deal with HBO, claiming it’s “unsurprising” the network would choose to air “this shoddy hit piece.”
Allen v. Farrow features interviews with Dylan, her mother Mia Farrow, a number of Mia’s other children, and family friends who paint Allen as an abuser who groomed Dylan from a young age. The abuse claims had been made public during Allen and Farrow’s high-profile custody trial in the early 1990s.
Dylan herself first spoke publicly about these allegations in a 2014 essay. She has continued to level these claims against Allen, writing more about her experience and doing a sit-down interview with Gayle King in 2018. Allen, for his part, has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Even so, his reputation has slowly eroded in the film industry over the years. Multiple actors who previously worked with him, including Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, and Timothée Chalamet, have distanced themselves from him, while Amazon scrapped its multi-film deal with him and Hachette decided to drop his memoir last year.
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