Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn have described the new US documentary series Allen v Farrow as a “hatchet job riddled with falsehoods”.
In the 4 part series Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Allen and his ex-partner Mia Farrow, speak about the allegations of abuse she made against her father, which he denies.
The documentary suggests Allen groomed Farrow from a young age.
Farrow accused Allen of sexually abusing her in 1992 when she was seven years old.
He has always denied the claim, which was investigated at the time but led to no criminal charges.
Allen claims his daughter was coached by her mother to say he abused her after she discovered he was having an affair with another of her adoptive daughters, Soon-Yi Previn.
A statement on behalf of Allen and Soon-Yi said, “These documentarians 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.
“Woody and Soon-Yi were approached less than two months ago and given only a matter of days ‘to respond’. Of course, they declined to do so.
“As has been known for decades, these allegations are categorically false. Multiple agencies investigated them at the time and found that, whatever Dylan Farrow may have been led to believe, absolutely no abuse had ever taken place.”
The statement said that the HBO network “has a standing production deal and business relationship with [Mia’s son] Ronan Farrow” – who is a prominent supporter of his sister’s claims and the #MeToo movement.
“While this shoddy hit piece may gain attention, it does not change the facts,” the statement concluded.
Publishers of Allen’s audiobook, which were used in the doco also said that “neither the producers nor HBO ever approached Skyhorse to request permission to use excerpts from the audiobook.”
Producers claim the excerpts were used under Fair Use.
Allen v Farrow is now screening on FOX Showcase / Binge.