Woody Allen Fires Back at “Hatchet Job” Docuseries ‘Allen v. Farrow’

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Woody Allen has issued a statement in response to HBO docuseries Allen v. Farrow, which details his daughter Dylan Farrow’s allegations of sexual abuse against the filmmaker. In a statement issued via his sister, producer Letty Aronson, Allen and wife Soon-Yi Previn insisted, once again, that Dylan Farrow’s claims are untrue, and they blasted the docuseries as a “hatchet job riddled with falsehoods.”

According to Variety, Allen and Previn’s statement accuses Allen v. Farrow filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering of conspiring with Dylan and Mia Farrow, Allen’s former partner, to produce the documentary. The four-part series features interviews with the Farrows, as well as family friends and abuse experts, who allege that the director sexually abused Dylan, his adopted daughter, as a child. “Every time he showed up at the apartment like a magnet he would come straight to me. Intense affection, all the time,” Dylan Farrow recalled in Episode 1, which aired last night. “I was always in his clutches. He was always hunting me.”

“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,” said Allen and Previn, his wife and Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter. “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.”

Allen v. Farrow producer Amy Herdy has disputed this timeline of events, telling Variety that she first reached out to Allen’s representatives in June 2018 for a potential interview. “I reached out to his rep a few times to try and interview him then — and got crickets back,” said Herdy. I know they got my request, because I was able to get an assistant on the phone saying, ‘You are getting my emails, right?’ And she said yes. But they never responded.”

As they have done in the past, Allen and Previn denied Farrow’s allegations of abuse in the statement released late Sunday night. “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,” it reads. “It is sadly unsurprising that the network to air this is HBO — which has a standing production deal and business relationship with Ronan Farrow. While this shoddy hit piece may gain attention, it does not change the facts.”

Allen v. Farrow airs every Sunday at 9/8c on HBO. Episode 1 is now streaming on HBO Max.

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