Woody Allen says a documentary alleging that sexual abuse is “permeated with lies”

NEW YORK – Oscar-winning director Woody Allen described a new documentary detailing his alleged sexual abuse of his young adoptive mother Dylan Farrow as “working with an ax full of lies.”

HBO aired the first episode of the four-part series “Allen v. Farrow” on Sunday.

In it, Farrow, Allen’s adopted daughter with actress Mia Farrow, reiterates his allegations that Allen sexually assaulted her in August 1992 when she was seven years old.

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The 84-year-old director of “Annie Hall” and “Manhattan” has always denied the abuse and was acquitted after two separate months-long investigations.

In this April 26, 2016 photo, Dylan Farrow attends the TIME 100 ceremony, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at the Lincoln Center in New York City. (Evan Agostini / Invision / AP)

“These documentaries were not interested in the truth,” Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn said in a statement.

“Instead, they spent years undercover working with Farrows and their facilitators to put together an ax imbued with lies.

“As it has been known for decades, these allegations are categorically incorrect. Several agencies were investigating them at the time and found that, despite what Dylan Farrow might have said he believed, there had never been absolutely any abuse, ”they added.

In this photo, American director Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn pose as they arrive on May 11, 2016 for a screening of “Cafe Society” during the opening ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP)

The statement said they “approached Allen and Previn less than two months ago and gave them only a few days to respond,” which they refused to do.

“While this bad blow may attract attention, it does not change the facts,” the statement said.

Many actors have distanced themselves from Allen since the 2017 #MeToo movement and the release of Dylan Farrow’s column.

In 2019, Allen settled a multimillion-dollar breach of contract lawsuit against Amazon, which terminated a four-film contract with him over long-standing allegations.

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