Woody Allen: Farrow's allegations of abuse ‘untrue and disgraceful’

Woody Allen called Dylan Farrow’s allegations of child molestation “untrue and disgraceful,” signalling he would fight renewed claims dating back to Allen’s tempestuous relationship with actress Mia Farrow in the early 1990s.

Woody Allen: Farrow's allegations of abuse ‘untrue and disgraceful’

The movie director’s publicist Leslee Dart said Allen has read Dylan Farrow’s open letter, published online by The New York Times, claiming she was sexually assaulted when she was 7 by her then adoptive father.

“Mr Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful.”

Allen’s lawyer, Elkan Abramowitz, also reacted: “It is tragic that after 20 years, a story engineered by a vengeful lover resurfaces after it was fully vetted and rejected by independent authorities.

“The one to blame for Dylan’s distress is neither Dylan nor Woody Allen.”

Dylan Farrow claimed in 1992 at the family’s Connecticut home, Allen led her to a “dim, closet-like attic” and “then he sexually assaulted me.” She also described other abusive behaviour.

Ronan Farrow, the son of Allen and Mia Farrow, said on Twitter: “I love and support my sister and think her words speak for themselves.”

Allen was investigated for the accusation, but was never charged.

Dylan Farrow’s open letter didn’t urge renewed legal action, but a retrial for Allen in the court of public opinion. Farrow, who is married and living in Florida, argued for fans of Allen’s movies and actors who star in his films not to “turn a blind eye.”

Sony Pictures Classics, which regularly distributes Allen’s films including his latest, Blue Jasmine, urged caution in any rush to judgement.

Alec Baldwin, who has starred in Allen films, was among those Farrow singled out in her letter. He tweeted “You are mistaken if you think there is a place for me, or any outsider, in this family’s issue.”

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