Woody Allen has called a documentary on allegations that he assaulted his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow “ax work” and “shoddy hit piece”.
The HBO program features interviews with director Mia Farrow’s ex-wife, as well as her accuser.
She alleges that Allen, 85, abused her in 1992 when she was seven. The decades-old allegations have always been denied by Allen.
The four-part Allen v Farrow program also features new elements such as interviews with people who knew the family.
Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn released a statement when the first episode aired in the United States, saying the documentary’s directors “weren’t interested in the truth.”
“Instead, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their enablers to put together a lie-riddled hatchet job,” the statement said, released via a representative.
“Woody and Soon-Yi were approached less than two months ago and only had a few days to ‘respond’. Of course, they refused to do so.”
Allen did not participate in the program but audio clips were used from his memoir, Apropos Of Nothing.
The statement added: “As has been known for decades, these allegations are categorically false.
“Several agencies investigated them at the time and found that, whatever Dylan Farrow might have been led to believe, no abuse had ever taken place.
“It is unfortunately not surprising that the network to broadcast this is HBO – which has a permanent production contract and a commercial relationship with Ronan Farrow. While this shoddy hit piece may attract attention, it does change. not the facts. “
Relatives, investigators, witnesses and a family friend Carly Simon appear in the documentary.
The director has long said that Mia Farrow made up the claim and planted them in her daughter’s mind after learning that Allen was having an affair with the actress’ adopted daughter, Previn, then 22 – now his wife.
Allen has never been arrested or prosecuted for this allegation, first made in 1993.
Thank you all for their kind words, the outpouring of support means more to me than I can say ♥ ️ It’s so hard to tell the truth, but I hope all the other survivors who watched last night know that they are not alone. The truth is something that cannot be changed.
– Dylan Farrow (@RealDylanFarrow) February 22, 2021
Dylan Farrow thanked people for a “wave of support” on Monday and shared a link to a group that helps survivors of sexual abuse.
“Telling the truth is so difficult, but I hope all the other survivors who watched last night know they are not alone,” she tweeted. “The truth is something that cannot be changed.”