Hollywood film director Woody Allen has again denied allegations of child abuse after the premiere of the HBO documentaries on Sunday night Allen v. Farrow.
The series delves into Allen’s relationship with his ex-partner Mia Farrow and the decades-long allegations of child abuse against the director.
Co-directed by Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick, Allen v. Farrowinvestigates the allegations made by the couple’s daughter, Dylan Farrow, among others. Dylan first accused Allen of sexual assault in 1992, claiming that her adoptive father molested her at her home when she was seven. The 85-year-old Allen has repeatedly denied the allegations over several decades.
At the time, the allegations were being investigated, but Allen was never prosecuted and the New York Department of Social Services found “no credible evidence” that anything unpleasant had ever happened.
The first installment of the four-episode documentaries seems to imply that Allen has cared for Dylan since childhood.
In a joint statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Allen and his wife Soon-yi Previn again denied any sexual abuse. The couple said they were approached less than two months ago to contribute to the documentaries, but declined.
“These documentary filmmakers had no interest in the truth,” the statement said. “Instead, they’ve secretly worked with the Farrows and their enablers for years to put together a hatchet job that’s full of falsehoods.”
“As has been known for decades, these claims are categorically false,” he continues. “Several agencies investigated her at the time and determined that whatever Dylan Farrow might have led her to believe, there was absolutely no abuse. It’s not surprising, unfortunately, that the network that broadcasts this is HBO – which has a permanent production contract and business relationship with Ronan Farrow. This sloppy hit track may grab attention, but it doesn’t change the facts. “
In a 2018 television interview with Gayle King, Dylan denied that she had been “brainwashed” into the allegations against her father.
Farrow and her son Ronan will appear in later episodes. Moses Farrow, a brother of Dylan who previously defended Allen against sexual allegations, declined to participate.
As of this writing, Farrow has not responded to Allen’s remarks.