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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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judyr311 February 03 2014 at 11:28 AM

I love Alec Baldwins statement. Why must everything be tried in the court of public opinion...cmon we NEVER get ALL the facts!

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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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DHeartnSoul February 03 2014 at 3:56 PM

In my opinion, anyone who can have an affair with his lovers younger sister, then his adoptive daughter Soon Yi and make a comment to such as ( we did nothing wrong , she is not blood related to me) to me that says alot about a persons morals, not to mention how young Soon Yi was at the time and how old Woody Allen was....I believe Dylan was molsested and it was all put to hush, hush, because of who Woody allen is and his place in Hollywood. I know how manipulating people like Woody Allen and thoughs who stand behind people like Woody Allen can be, my sister and I were molested as children and the people who did the damage got away with it and went on to harm others, ( saying they did nothing wrong , it was all a misunderstanding) yeah right how many times do people of a certain position get to say that and then get away with it ?

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jmyers6670 February 03 2014 at 4:05 PM

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jr31964 February 03 2014 at 4:20 PM

Pure scum! What half decent man marries his wife's daughter? This really should show everyone how cold and cruel hollywood is. Well he is up in age so in due time father time will rid the world of this child molester.

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Business Now February 03 2014 at 10:35 AM

I believe her 100% The DA at the time said there was "probable cause" but even if he did, no matter who says what as in all of the so called experts, it doesn't make what they say fact !!! I know worse happened to a little boy and the DA attorneys lawyer didn't want to push it because the 12 year old has some MHMR issues but he picked out his molester from many photos, none of which he saw previously at all. SO the kid is taken into a room with dolls, a psychologist and a very big man/cop who scread the helll out of him-no one close on his side. He gave me specifics-so again another pervert is allowed to be loose. Why don't adults want these kids to have their justce? What are they afraid of and what are they hiding? MAYBE they too are molesting ? I see a post-NAked photos of the 8 yr old child was found before he divorced Mia Farrow-hmm-Police? WHy was nothing really done, not to avoid a child trauma, it couldn't have been worse-I'd say WOODY, gave someone else a WOODY in the form of money.

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Rae Turner February 03 2014 at 4:20 PM

Soon Yi was much younger than 19 when this happen. And it is still incest anyway you look at it.
He was the only father she ever knew.

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lkopp63802 Rae Turner February 03 2014 at 4:33 PM

in correct here adopted father is Andre Proven where you aware that Mia Farrow had an affaire with Anre Previn who was married at the time and got pregnant not exactly a paragon of virtue

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zahnherman1 lkopp63802 February 03 2014 at 4:37 PM

I don't care if Mia Farrow sold herself on the streets that doesn't mean the woody Allen should abuse her child or any other child including Soon-Li
now or ever!

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laurel February 03 2014 at 10:33 AM

If Allen was an average Joe he Baldwin guy would be singing a different tune.

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