Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn have attacked a new HBO documentary that re-examines a decade-old claim that the Oscar winner molested his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow and called the series a “hatchet job.”
HBO made its debut on Sunday in the first episode of the four-part documentary series “Allen v. Farrow ”. The series features in-depth interviews with Allen’s former partner, Mia Farrow, and with Dylan Farrow, who reiterated their allegations that Allen sexually assaulted Dylan in 1992 when she was seven years old.
It also contains new material, including interviews with socialmediagossips who knew the family.
Shortly after the first episode aired, a spokesman for Allen and Previn made a statement saying the documentary filmmakers were “not interested in the truth.”
“Instead, they have secretly worked with the Farrows and their enablers for years to put together a hatchet job that is full of falsehoods,” the statement said.
“As has been known for decades, these claims are categorically false,” he added.
Allen, the four-time Oscar winner of “Annie Hall” and other comedies, has repeatedly denied molesting Dylan Farrow. He did not participate in the documentation.
The 85-year-old filmmaker has long claimed Mia Farrow made up the harassment lawsuit against him and brought it to Dylan’s mind after learning that Allen was having an affair with the actress’ then 22-year-old adoptive daughter, Previn.
Allen was never arrested or prosecuted on charges of sexual abuse, which first appeared in 1993. He was investigated by Connecticut State Police, where Mia Farrow and her children lived.
The new statement by the von Allen and Previn spokesman said “several agencies” were investigating the allegation at the time “and found that whatever Dylan Farrow might have believed, absolutely no abuse had ever occurred.”
The statement also stated that “unfortunately it is not surprising that the network that airs this is HBO – which has a permanent production contract and relationship with Ronan Farrow.” Ronan Farrow is Dylan’s brother and has spoken in support of his sister.
“While this sloppy hit track may grab attention, it doesn’t change the facts,” the statement said.
A spokesman for HBO, a unit of AT&T Inc, had no immediate comment.