Woody Allen and wife Soon-Yi Previn lambast new documentary exploring allegations made against him

Monday, February 22
Ciarán Mather

A representative for Woody Allen and his former step daughter-turned-wife Soon-Yi Previn have responded to a newly released HBO documentary exploring the allegations made against the actor and film-maker.

The statement about Allen v. Farrow, which was made on the couple's behalf by a spokesperson, was exclusively revealed to Deadline.

It reads as follows: 'These documentarians had 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.'

The representative added: '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.'

Last week, Newsday.ie reported the initial details about Allen v. Farrow, which tells the story of Allen's adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, and her allegations that the 85-year-old groomed and repeatedly sexually abused and raped her when she was a seven-year-old child. 

Mr. Allen has continuously denied all allegations made against him.

Allen v. Farrow will also feature Dylan's mother, Mia, and her brother Ronan, who will give their account on the alleged events and have supported the young woman since the accusations first came to light.

Other guests in the series will include investigators and alleged eyewitnesses.

Allen has been married to Soon-Yi Previn, who is 35 years his junior, since 1997.

In related news, entertainment giant Hulu has also attracted attention for its recent documentary about the media's treatment of pop star Britney Spears over the decades with their recent hit, Framing Britney Spears.

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