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

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Woody Allen and his spouse Soon-Yi Previn have attacked a new HBO documentary that re-examines a decades-old allegation that the Oscar-winning filmmaker molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, calling the tv sequence a “hatchet job.”

HBO debuted the primary episode of the four-part documentary sequence “Allen v. Farrow” on Sunday. The sequence consists of intensive interviews with Allen’s former associate Mia Farrow and with Dylan Farrow, who repeated their accusation that Allen sexually assaulted Dylan in 1992 when she was seven years outdated.

It additionally comprises new materials, together with interviews with individuals who knew the household.

Shortly after the primary episode aired, a spokesperson for Allen and Previn issued a assertion saying the documentary 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,” the assertion mentioned.

“As has been known for decades, these allegations are categorically false,” it added.

Allen, the four-time Oscar-winning director of “Annie Hall” and different comedies, has repeatedly denied molesting Dylan Farrow. He didn’t participate within the documentary.

The filmmaker, 85, has lengthy asserted that Mia Farrow fabricated the molestation declare towards him and planted them in Dylan’s thoughts after studying that Allen was having an affair with the actress’s then-22-year-old adopted daughter Previn.

Allen has by no means been arrested or prosecuted over the allegation of sexual abuse, which was first made in 1993. It was investigated by state police in Connecticut, the place Mia Farrow and her kids lived.

The new assertion from Allen and Previn’s spokesperson mentioned “multiple agencies” had investigated the allegation on the time “and found that, whatever Dylan Farrow may have been led to believe, absolutely no abuse had ever taken place.”

The assertion additionally mentioned it was “sadly unsurprising that the network to air this is HBO – which has a standing production deal and business relationship with Ronan Farrow.” Ronan Farrow is Dylan’s brother and has spoken in help of his sister.

“While this shoddy hit piece may gain attention, it does not change the facts,” the assertion mentioned.

A spokesperson for HBO, a unit of AT&T Inc, had no instant remark.

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