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Woody Allen: Farrow claims 'untrue,' 'disgraceful'

NEW YORK (AP) - Woody Allen called Dylan Farrow's allegations of child molestation "untrue and disgraceful," signaling that he would fight renewed claims dating back to Allen's tempestuous relationship with actress Mia Farrow in the early 1990s.

The movie director's publicist Leslee Dart said in an email Sunday that Allen has read Dylan Farrow's open-letter, published online Saturday by The New York Times, claiming she was sexually assaulted when she was 7 by her then adoptive father.

"Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful," Dart said.

Allen's lawyer, Elkan Abramowitz, also reacted: "It is tragic that after 20 years a story engineered by a vengeful lover resurfaces after it was fully vetted and rejected by independent authorities. The one to blame for Dylan's distress is neither Dylan nor Woody Allen."

Dylan Farrow claimed that in 1992 at the family's Connecticut home, Allen led her to a "dim, closet-like attic" and "then he sexually assaulted me." Farrow didn't specify Allen's actions, but described other abusive behavior.

Ronan Farrow, the son of Allen and Mia Farrow (though she has said her ex-husband Frank Sinatra could be the father), said on Twitter on Sunday: "I love and support my sister and think her words speak for themselves."

Allen was investigated on child molestation claims for the 1992 accusation, but was never charged.

Dylan Farrow's open-letter didn't urge renewed legal action, but a retrial for Allen in the court of public opinion. Farrow, who now lives in Florida, is married, and goes by another name, argued for fans of Allen's movies and actors who star in his films not to "turn a blind eye."

On Sunday, Sony Pictures Classics, which regularly distributes Allen's films including his latest, "Blue Jasmine," urged caution in any rush to judgment.

"This is a very complicated situation and a tragedy for everyone involved," the company said in a statement. "Mr. Allen has never been charged in relationship to any of this, and therefore deserves our presumption of innocence."

Alec Baldwin, who has starred in Allen films, including "Blue Jasmine," was among those Farrow singled out in her letter. Baldwin responded on Twitter to those demanding a comment from him.

"You are mistaken if you think there is a place for me, or any outsider, in this family's issue," said Baldwin.

Dylan Farrow's most detailed account of the 1992 incident returned the spotlight to the original police investigation of Allen. The handling of the investigation was criticized after Litchfield County state attorney Frank S. Maco said in a press conference that he believed there was "probable cause" to charge Allen but decided against prosecution partly to avoid a traumatic trial for the young girl.

A disciplinary panel found that Maco may have prejudiced the ongoing custody battle between Allen and Mia Farrow by making an accusation without formal charges.

Months before Maco's press conference, a team of child abuse specialists from Yale-New Haven Hospital were brought in to the case and concluded that the child had not been molested.

Maco, who retired in 2003, told the AP on Sunday that the statute of limitations on Dylan Farrow's accusations ran out at least 15 years ago. He said he hopes Farrow was able to watch his news conference and read his statement about his decision not to prosecute Allen.

"I hope she has access to that statement, to know what I did and why I did it," Maco said. "I hope she finds some peace and solace at this time."

A spokesman for the Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice said Sunday that the prosecutor's office won't re-examine the case unless the office is asked to.

The 1992 allegation came shortly after Allen became involved with Mia Farrow's adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. Allen, then in his mid-50s, was not the adoptive father of Previn, who was about 19 at the time. The two married in 1997 and have two adopted daughters.

Woody Allen Responds To Allegations Of Child Abuse

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jamies77 February 03 2014 at 11:11 AM

All of this Dylan stuff aside, Allen will never escape the fact that most people think he is a creep because he married his own daughter... ( and it doesn't matter that she was Mia's adopted daughter) he was for all intense and purposes the roll of the father figure and he destroyed his own reputation by marrying her. Creepy doesn't quiet cover how disgusting it is. So anything he or she (Mia or Dylan) says at this point is moot ! He is just a creepy little man that most people think is a pervert. He cast all this darkness on his own life. I wish he would just go away. I feel soiled even writing about him.

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Sunny February 03 2014 at 3:30 PM

Dylan was 7 when this came to light. She wasn't 2. If she says it happened, it happened.

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j donley February 03 2014 at 3:31 PM

It would be interesting to see the lot of them, including Woody Allen, submit to polygraph tests.

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GratefulHops j donley February 03 2014 at 4:22 PM

Woody passed one years ago, Mia has always refused to take one..

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Luke February 03 2014 at 3:40 PM

Is this the same Woody Allen that was sc&e&^%g his other daughter????

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wlh1923 Luke February 03 2014 at 3:53 PM

No. Soon Li wasn't his daughter or his step daughter. He never married Mia Farrow and they never lived together. Eventually he did have an affair with Mia's 21 year old adult daughter. She was no relation to Woody nor was she EVER his step daughter

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karenkelley26 wlh1923 February 03 2014 at 4:37 PM

You seriously need help!! You are embarrassing yourself defending that pig, sadly if that is the best defense you can come up with, then all you are doing is confirming what a disgusting perverted pig he is!! Get a clue.

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tomrobertsarchitect February 03 2014 at 3:46 PM

No one denies that Woody had sex with Dylan's sister.
That is bad enough.

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Felix tomrobertsarchitect February 03 2014 at 3:54 PM

She wasn't his sister.

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Felix Felix February 03 2014 at 3:55 PM

She wasn't her sister either.

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jamies77 February 03 2014 at 3:47 PM

And don't forget those nudes he took of his wife when she was 16...... still think that's appropriate ?

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Saroya Poirier jamies77 February 03 2014 at 3:52 PM

and just how long was he seeing the then 16 year old, now wife, naked before they got caught

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happy2bgridfree Saroya Poirier February 03 2014 at 3:55 PM

And who left the photos where they would be "found" ? Hmmmm ? Methinks Soon-Yi, despite her age at the time, was one shrewd kiddie.

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Rita Marie Saroya Poirier February 03 2014 at 4:01 PM

He married her. He got together with her at age 19 which is of legal age and so the law had no jurisdiction over their being together. Doctors who examined Dylan Farrow said "she was unable to distinguish between fantasy and reality." They were unable or chose not to file charges against him....stating that it would be undue stress on the child. The statute of limitations ran out 15 years ago. They've had a considerable time to bring this up in the past and file charges. One wonders why they haven't done so.

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Sunny jamies77 February 03 2014 at 3:53 PM

Yes, further evidence that Woody is a creep.

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Sunny February 03 2014 at 3:52 PM

Is Ronan Farrow Frank Sinatra's son or Woody's? Who knows? But I find it interesting that Woody adopted two female children with Soon-Yi. Why not biological children?

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SumBreezeHuh Sunny February 03 2014 at 4:03 PM

We may never know, but no one can deny that Ronan is the spitting imagine of Frank. I mean down to the last detail. I don't think anyone needs a DNA test to solve that mystery.

My guess about Woody not having bio kids with Soon-Yi is that his swimmers stopped working in his old age ;)

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happy2bgridfree Sunny February 03 2014 at 4:32 PM

Just look at Ronan Farrow and you know who his father was .... thank goodness. Spittin' image of ol' Blue Eyes.

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palmerm1235 February 03 2014 at 3:53 PM

It was definitely creepy that Sinatra dated Farrow when she was 19, like Seinfeld dating Soshona, who was in high school, but doesn't compare to dating and marrying girl raised as daughter with adopted and biological children. The pain he caused to his chidren was predictable and profound. Additionally, he abused his authority, status, and power over this young woman and turned her against her mother. Altogether wretched. Mia Farrow at least was already a star when Sinatra met her, and she has nothing but nice things to say...

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Sharon February 03 2014 at 3:55 PM

HOW long are we are going to turn a blind eye to this famous, wealthy pedophile playwright...

The bottom line is, regardless what he does for a living....he is a pedophile and dangerous to children....
Have you ever wonder why all these years him and his "Child Bride-wife" do not have kids by now.......?
If he molested her and other children, why have children with this perv and let him molest more children....
Question? Why is his current wife not having children with him....?

That should explain everything!

Put this man away...Let him make movies in JAIL!

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GratefulHops Sharon February 03 2014 at 4:12 PM

You clearly don't know the facts of this case, or of his marriage.. They do have 2 adoptive children. He was only accused of this ONE, singular instance, and was found to be innocent. He has passed a polygraph, whereas Mia farrow has refused to take one.. You are welcome to your opinion, but you should actually read the facts of this alleged incident before proclaiming his guilt, which you have clearly based on very little.

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Susan Harris Sharon February 03 2014 at 4:17 PM

you are another uninformed gossip. They legally adopted two children. With all the accusations, they were approved for TWO adoptions.

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brgnht February 03 2014 at 3:56 PM

Almost always in these types of cases the person who blows the whistle gets painted as a histrionic crazy (in this case Mia Farrow). They are suddenly the one on trial. Even in court; it becomes the defense.

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Susan Harris brgnht February 03 2014 at 4:15 PM

This really is insulting to 'whistleblowers' who risk their jobs and lives. This was a circus created by Mia.

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GratefulHops brgnht February 03 2014 at 4:18 PM

She was either 19 or 21 (descrepency in Korean Birth Certificate) and she was not Woody's daughter. She was Mia and Allen's adoptive daughter.

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GratefulHops GratefulHops February 03 2014 at 4:19 PM

i'm sorry, "Andre" not "Allen"

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