Woody Allen on Sunday criticized HBO’s new documentary series on the sexual abuse allegations against him as “ax work” that was “riddled with falsehoods.”
The decades-old allegations that Allen sexually abused Dylan Farrow as a child are “categorically false,” the 85-year-old director and his wife, Soon-Yi Previn, 50, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Several agencies investigated them at the time and found that regardless of what Dylan Farrow was led to believe, there had never been any abuse,” the statement said.
The couple broke the silence on “Allen v. Farrow ”shortly after the first of the four episodes of the docuseries aired.
The series paints a damning picture of the Oscar winner, delving into the accusation of Dylan, Mia Farrow’s daughter, that he sexually assaulted her in the family’s attic in 1992 when she was seven years old. Allen was Mia’s partner during Dylan’s childhood.
The Academy Award-winning director and his wife accused filmmakers Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick of having “no interest in the truth” and of “collaborating with the Farrows and their facilitators.”
The couple said the documentary makers approached them only two months ago “and gave them only a few days to ‘respond.’
“Of course, they refused to do so,” the statement said.
The couple also hinted that HBO may have been biased, due to their business relationship with Allen’s estranged son, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow, who signed a multi-movie production deal with the network in 2018.
“Unfortunately, it is not surprising that the network that will air this is HBO, which has a permanent production agreement and business relationship with Ronan Farrow,” the statement said.
“While this shoddy piece may attract attention, it doesn’t change the facts.”