Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn have attacked a new HBO documentary that re-examines a decades-old claim that the Oscar-winning filmmaker assaulted his adopted daughter
The first episode of the four-part Allen v Farrow documentary series landed on Australian streaming service Binge on Monday
The series includes in-depth interviews with Allen’s former partner Mia Farrow and his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, who repeat their accusation that Allen sexually assaulted Dylan in 1992 when she was seven years old
It also features new material, including interviews with people who knew the family and a controversial and never-before-seen personal video of Dylan filmed the day after the alleged abuse
Shortly after the first episode aired, a spokesperson for Allen and Previn released a statement saying documentary makers “weren’t interested in the truth”
“Instead, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their enablers to put together a hatchet job riddled with lies,” the statement said.
Documentary directors Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick, whose work includes other documentaries on the sexual abuse scandals, said the series was not a collaboration with Dylan or his family
Allen, the four-time Oscar-winning director of Annie Hall and other comedies, has repeatedly denied assaulting Dylan Farrow He did not appear in the documentary
The 85-year-old filmmaker has long claimed that Mia Farrow fabricated the assault allegations against him and placed them in Dylan’s mind after learning that Allen was having an affair with the actress’ adopted daughter , Previn, then 22 years old
Dylan’s recently unveiled videotape is central to this claim, which Mia Farrow rejected and which a New York appeals court ruled in 1994 to be without merit
Allen has never been arrested or prosecuted for allegations of sexual abuse, which were first made in 1993
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The investigation was conducted by Connecticut State Police, where Mia Farrow and her children lived.The resulting report concluded that Dylan Farrow had not been sexually abused, although many aspects of this investigation have been criticized
Following a high-profile custody trial in the mid-1990s, a New York judge concluded there was insufficient evidence to support the claims, a finding later confirmed on appeal
The statement also said that it was “unfortunately not surprising” that the show aired on HBO, “which has a permanent production contract and a commercial relationship with Ronan Farrow”
Ronan Farrow, a journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse allegations, is Dylan’s brother and has spoken out in favor of his sister
“While this shoddy hit piece may attract attention, it does not change the facts,” the statement said.
On Monday, Dylan Farrow thanked for his “outpouring of support” and included a link to a group that helps people who have been sexually abused
Allen had a long and successful career following the first allegations in the 1990s, although that changed after the #MeToo movement in 2017
He sued Amazon in 2019 after canceling a movie deal with him Several high profile actors said they would no longer work with him, while a publisher canceled a book deal
Newscom Film and TV critic Wenlei Ma said the new documentary series was “captivating”, especially in the way it used Dylan’s personal video footage captured by Mia Farrow in 1992
“This has been a [disputed] space for 30 years. What you think it’s going to color how you think about the show,” she told RN Breakfast.
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