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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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angelgarmon February 03 2014 at 2:46 PM

And now he has two other "adopted daughters", why is he adopting all of these girls? They should speak to his current adopted daughters and see if anything is going on there. I bet they would hear something from them, unless they are too afraid to speak out. It just seems strange to me that he is always adopting girls. One of them says he molested her, the other one although not his daughter, he married, and not they have adopted two more females. That is like my husband marrying one of my daughters, although he is my daughter's stepfather, he is still acting in the role as father. That is sick to me! You have played the part of her father, how could you look at her in a sexual manner. She was only 19 years old when they came out about their relationship, I wonder how old she was when it actually started?? I bet she was way under 19. This is sickening to me. He is getting by with "buying females" to raise and molest. Why do we allow people with status or money to get by with this and just turn a blind eye.

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RAY SWIFT, JR. February 04 2014 at 5:25 AM

With all the millions he's made, can't he buy himself some new glassses and maybe a pearl necklace for his wife, instead of the cheap colored beads she wears in one of these photos!

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cspagna716 February 03 2014 at 3:03 PM

It is a disgrace that hollywood turns a blind eye to these allegations. They do it for fame and money. There is only one thing worse than a pedophile, it is a pedophile with influence, money and power.

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munchenag cspagna716 February 03 2014 at 3:06 PM

Says who?

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Claudia Cummings cspagna716 February 03 2014 at 3:10 PM

Its a disgrace that a man can easily be accused of this kind of thing and the world is against him. Those same supporters of Mia ignore the fact that she herself publicly stood by known child rapist Roman Polanski and lied about the paternity of her son. How is it she gets so much support when we know she has no moral credibility.

A lot of women get pissed when they are traded in for a younger woman. Mia is bitter and crazy. She poisoned her kids minds with these lies, and she is the rel abuser.

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jepinney February 03 2014 at 3:03 PM

Isn't this the guy who married his step-daughter? Well, he's got one thing right; it is disgraceful.

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munchenag jepinney February 03 2014 at 3:05 PM

Says who?

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hazmatlang munchenag February 03 2014 at 3:13 PM

Everyone but you thinks its disgraceful if not criminal, I notice you haven't responded to the fact that he took naked and lewd pictures of the 16 year old adopted daughter of the woman he lived with as man and wife? You don't find that a bit disturbing? I hope you have no children!

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pat February 03 2014 at 10:04 AM

woody allen is such a creepy looking dude...

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Business Now pat February 03 2014 at 10:44 AM

A sad part is look at who backs him with movies etc. Ron Howard!!! When he married SOOn Yi his step daughter that told me he had his perverted eye on her from a very young age and I stopped watching anything, even old ANDY TAYLOR MAYberry show because Ron Howard as a grown up made his choice to back this pedophile-I think Steven Spielberg too-but will checks more later

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Raymond Beck February 03 2014 at 3:04 PM

If Ronan's father is possibly Frank Sinatra (and he bears some resemblance to him) that means Mia was cheating on Woody and Frank was cheating on his wife.

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palmerm1235 February 03 2014 at 3:07 PM

The answer is we can't know.

What we do know is he had an affair with and married the very young woman he raised as his daughter, thereby causing permanent (and predictable) psychologica damagel to her siblings. Although he pretends to be knowledgeable and respectful of a wide variety of philosophies and religions (through his superficial cinematic references), his actions betrary his true understanding and depth. HIs only philosophy is one of doing what he wants.

As to pretending that it's clear that he didn't abuse Dylan, the fact that there were no witnesses to the alleged abuse is obviously irrelevant. Clearly, he was alone with Dylan at times and the abuse would have only taken minutes. That Dylan didn't immediately say anything is not unusual in these matters.

That Farrow may have coached Dylan is also understandable. Every true infant abuse victim needs to be coached. They are children.

That some psychologists couldn't confirm the charges (does anyone really know the details surrounding this investigation?), is also irrelevant. Cases involving claims by children are notoriously difficult to prove or disprove. There are many famous cases where notable psychologists have been duped.

Finally, the fact that the town attorney felt there was probable cause does not constitute proof sufficient to make a decision either way.

Again, the answer is we can' know. However, given Mr. Allen's ignominious behavior with the child he eventually married, it is of course very possible.

Mel Gibson is deservedly ignored, yet Mr. Allen is feted. Who's caused more suffering?

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Judy February 03 2014 at 10:03 AM

Allen needs to ride into the Sunset, and stay out of the public. He's a pervert.

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jamies77 February 03 2014 at 3:08 PM

It doesn't matter if she was Mia's adopted child or Previns adopted daughter or the daughter of Micky Mouse... the point that everyone is disgusted with is that he was an OLD MAN who married a child, nit picking about the details won't change the fact that he is a pervert for going after someone else"s adopted daughter. The key words everyone keeps trying to EXPLAIN why he is so hated are
OLD MAN & DAUGHTER (anyone's daughter) don't you get it. It is repulsive for an old man to go after a child. It makes most people sick.
So Mia & Dylan don't really enter into it. That is the reason people can't stand him. If he hadn't married a child people wouldn't tend to believe these so called allegations.
He did this to himself. No one else did anything but react to his behavior.
And you can hardly hold Mia responsible for being angry in the first place since her husband went after her daughter.... anyone who thinks that old men should marry children is sick

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topjimi1 jamies77 February 03 2014 at 3:19 PM

Um... In most places a 19 year old is considered an adult. I am not condoning nor condemning any behavior but he married a young adult. Legal. So what.

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Jvogelsang21 jamies77 February 03 2014 at 3:19 PM

Soon Yi was not a child at the time her and woody married - She was 21, just because you don't like it doesn't make it wrong. I think its gross but I am not Soon Yi. That does not make him a bad person, Old men marry young women ALL the time. Freedom this was they're choice.
One more thing in other cultures - Girls (children) by custom are married off at 12 and 14, now that's a child
In your own country there are laws that allow 16 yr old to marry. Very narrow minded of you

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john&jan February 03 2014 at 2:58 PM

20 yrs gone by and in those 20 yrs, nothing was said or pushed for something to be done. it is done,time to move on in life or will not have a life . if it did happen very sad and if it did not happen still very said to live life in the past.

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