Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn are responding to HBO’s new docuseries “Allen v. Farrow,” which details Dylan Farrow’s sexual assault allegations against Allen, her adoptive father.
In a statement issued to the press by Allen’s sister Letty Aronson, Woody and Soon-Yi accuse filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering of having “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. 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,’” it read.
“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 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.”
Though Woody and Soon-Yi claim in their statement that they were “given only a matter of days ‘to respond,’” “Allen v. Farrow” producer Amy Herdy told Variety that she reached out to Allen’s then-publicist, Leslee Dart, in June 2018.
“I reached out to his rep a few times to try and interview him then — and got crickets back,” Herdy said. “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.”
In 1992, 7-year-old Dylan accused Woody of sexually assaulting her at the family's Connecticut country home.
While Woody was investigated by the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and by New York State Child Welfare, he was never charged with abuse and the investigation was closed.
Throughout the years, Woody has repeatedly denied the allegations, writing in a 2014 New York Times op-ed, “Of course, I did not molest Dylan. I loved her and hope one day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a loving father and exploited by a mother [Dylan’s adoptive mother and Woody’s former partner, Mia Farrow] more interested in her own festering anger than her daughter’s well-being.”