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Woody Allen calls HBO docuseries a ‘hatchet job with riddled with falsehoods’

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Woody Allen released a statement late on Sunday blasting an explosive documentary film that premiered on HBO which delves into his headline-grabbing 1992 split with Mia Farrow amid allegations he sexually abused his young daughter. 

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, a representative for Allen and his wife, Soon-Yi Previn, denounced the docuseries, Allen v. Farrow, as a ‘hatchet job’ that was ‘riddled with falsehoods.’

The couple also suggests HBO’s business dealings with his estranged son Ronan Farrow are proof that the documentary is biased in his favor. 

Ronan, an investigative journalist with The New Yorker who won a Pulitzer Prize for his work uncovering sexual assault allegations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein, signed a multi-film production deal with HBO in 2018.

The three-year agreement will have Ronan producing and fronting a series of investigative documentary specials for the cable powerhouse. 

Allen declined to be interviewed for the docuseries about his split with Mia, though excerpts from his 2020 memoir are cited as a contrast to the allegations. The film includes Allen’s voice as he narrates the audio book version of the memoir, Apropos of Nothing.

‘These documentarians had no interest in the truth,’ the statement read.

‘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.”

Mia Farrow, 76, is seen above during interview with HBO as part of a four-part docuseries Allen v. Farrow. The premier episode aired on Sunday

Mia Farrow, 76, is seen above during interview with HBO as part of a four-part docuseries Allen v. Farrow. The premier episode aired on Sunday

Farrow recalls her shock at discovering 'pornographic' photos of her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn (seen right) taken by her then-boyfriend, Woody Allen (left). Farrow found the photos in Allen's New York City apartment in January 1992, according to the documentary

Farrow recalls her shock at discovering ‘pornographic’ photos of her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn (seen right) taken by her then-boyfriend, Woody Allen (left). Farrow found the photos in Allen’s New York City apartment in January 1992, according to the documentary

takes an in-depth look at allegations that the Annie Hall director, 85, sexually abused his daughter, Dylan Farrow (seen above in home video footage obtained by HBO)

takes an in-depth look at allegations that the Annie Hall director, 85, sexually abused his daughter, Dylan Farrow (seen above in home video footage obtained by HBO)

Woody Allen and his wife, Soon-Yi Previn, were spotted near their home on Manhattan's Upper East Side on Friday. The couple released a statement late on Sunday blasting the HBO documentary series as a 'hatchet job' that was 'riddled with falsehoods'

Woody Allen and his wife, Soon-Yi Previn, were spotted near their home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Friday. The couple released a statement late on Sunday blasting the HBO documentary series as a ‘hatchet job’ that was ‘riddled with falsehoods’

‘Of course, they declined to do so.

‘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.’

The new documentary series paints a damning picture of the Oscar-winning director, particularly regarding his alleged sexual abuse of young adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow. 

Allen declined to be interviewed for the docuseries about his split with Mia, though excerpts from his 2020 memoir are cited as a contrast to the allegations. He is seen left with wife Soon-Yi Previn in July 2016

Allen declined to be interviewed for the docuseries about his split with Mia, though excerpts from his 2020 memoir are cited as a contrast to the allegations. He is seen left with wife Soon-Yi Previn in July 2016

On Sunday, Ronan Farrow posted a photo on Instagram showing him and his sister, Dylan Farrow, and her child

On Sunday, Ronan Farrow posted a photo on Instagram showing him and his sister, Dylan Farrow, and her child

'Proud of my sister,' Ronan wrote in the caption attached to the Instagram photo late on Sunday

‘Proud of my sister,’ Ronan wrote in the caption attached to the Instagram photo late on Sunday

Dylan has accused Allen of sexually abusing her in August 1992, when she was only seven years old – an allegation he has always denied.

The documentary draws a line between the alleged abuse of Dylan and Allen’s relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, who is now his wife.

In the film, Mia said the ‘pornographic’ photos of Soon-Yi that she found in Allen’s Manhattan apartment were so explicit that only Hustler magazine would agree to publish them.

The Rosemary’s Baby actress, 76, also revealed that she regards her 12-year marriage to Allen as ‘the great regret of my life.’

Farrow’s remarks aired on Sunday in the premiere episode of the four-part HBO docuseries Allen v. Farrow, which takes an in-depth look at allegations that the Annie Hall director, 85, sexually abused his daughter, Dylan.

Allen has vehemently denied any wrongdoing. Authorities in Connecticut and New York looked into the claims and decided not to prosecute Allen.

‘The explosive documentary by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering includes interviews and never-before-seen footage of the family in the years leading up to the couple’s acrimonious split and the famed director’s marriage to Farrow’s adopted daughter.

‘I remember struggling to breathe,’ Farrow said, recalling her reaction after she found a stack of polaroid photos of Previn, who was a 21-year-old college student at the time, inside Allen’s New York City apartment on January 13, 1992.

Allen was 56 years old when he acknowledged having an affair with Soon-Yi. 

‘It was my own child,’ Farrow said of her reaction to seeing the pictures.

After discovering the photos, Farrow said that she was trying to ‘do the buttons’ of the coat that she was trying to put on her four-year-old son, Ronan, but was so emotionally distraught that she struggled.

Farrow said she took the photos and put them in her pocket and left Allen’s apartment.

‘I don’t think I could push the elevator button,’ she recalled. ‘I was just like shaking.’

Farrow said that she went back to her apartment with Ronan. She then saw Soon-Yi at home.

‘I found the pictures,’ Farrow recalled telling Soon-Yi.

‘What pictures?’ Soon-Yi is said to have responded to Farrow.

‘The pictures that Woody took,’ Farrow said she replied.

Farrow said that they both broke down in tears. She tried to reassure her adopted daughter that it wasn’t her fault, according to the documentary.

‘She was just beside herself,’ Farrow said of Soon-Yi.

A friend of Farrow interviewed in the documentary said that the actress was ‘forgiving’ of Soon-Yi because she felt that she was so young she would have ‘no idea how to resist [Allen’s] overtures.’

Soon afterward, Allen arrived at the apartment.

‘Get out, get out!’ Farrow recalled telling her boyfriend. ‘You gotta get out.’

Farrow said Allen was at the apartment for four hours ‘just talking and talking and talking.’

‘I’m in love with Soon-Yi,’ Farrow recalled Allen telling her. ‘I would marry her.’

Then Farrow said that her boyfriend told her: ‘No, I just said that. It was something I thought of in the car. I thought it would make it better if I said…put it that way.

‘No, I love you.’

Farrow said: ‘It was all of that for four hours.’

Allen is said to have told his girlfriend, Mia: ‘I just made a mistake. I lost control.’

‘I didn’t know what to think,’ Mia said. ‘I just needed him to get out.’

Dylan, who was six years old at the time, said that when she came home that day she saw her mother crying while standing in the doorway of Soon-Yi’s bedroom while Soon-Yi was on the floor also in tears.

Mia said that she consulted a therapist who coached her on how to tell her two young children what had taken place.

‘I remember my mom told me and Ronan: “Daddy took naked pictures of Soon-Yi”,’ Dylan said.

‘That was sort of the first instance that I thought, “Oh, it’s not just me”.’ 

Earlier in the episode, Mia told the filmmakers: ‘That’s the great regret of my life, that I wasn’t perceptive enough. 

‘It’s my fault.’

She added: ‘I brought this guy into my family. There’s nothing I can do to take that away.’

Mia also said she understood why many of Allen’s fans find it difficult to believe the explosive claims made against one of Hollywood’s most renowned directors.

‘I get why people can’t believe it because who on Earth could believe that of Woody Allen?’ Mia said. 

‘I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it. Everybody admired Woody so much, loved him, and I did too.’

This post was first published on DailyMail.

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