Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn deny allegations raised in new HBO documentary Allen vs. Farrow. The filmmaker and his wife issued a statement on Sunday, after the debut of the documentary series, flatly rejecting the claims and the veracity of the documentary itself.
“These documentary makers had no interest in the truth,” states the joint statement delivered to ET by a spokesperson for the couple. “Instead, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their facilitators to put together an ax job riddled with falsehoods.”
The statement states that Allen and Previn “were contacted less than two months ago and were only given a matter of days to ‘respond.” Of course, they refused to do so. “
“As has been known for decades, these allegations are categorically false. Several agencies investigated them at the time and found that regardless of what Dylan Farrow was led to believe, there had never been any abuse,” the statement continues. “Sadly, it’s not surprising that the network that will air this is HBO, which has a permanent production contract and business relationship with Ronan Farrow.”
“While this shoddy piece may attract attention, it does not change the facts,” the statement concluded.
Allen vs. Farrow explores Dylan Farrow’s sexual abuse allegations against his adoptive father. HBO’s four-part documentary series, from investigative filmmakers Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering, and Amy Herdy, reveals the private story behind one of Hollywood’s most notorious public scandals involving the director of such films as Annie hall, Manhattan Y Midnight in Paris.
Allen and actress Mia Farrow were in a relationship for 12 years from 1980 to 1992 and during that time, the two adopted Dylan and Moses and had a biological son, Ronan, together. In addition, Farrow had three other biological children with her ex-husband André Previn and three adopted children, including Soon-Yi Previn. (Farrow later adopted five more children.)
The principal was accused of sexually abusing Dylan, then 7, at Farrow’s Connecticut home in August 1992. This supposedly happened seven months after Farrow found out that Allen was having a romantic relationship with Soon-Yi. Later that month, their relationship became public around the same time that the Connecticut State Police announced that it was investigating Dylan’s allegations.
While the state’s attorney did not press charges, local police referred the case to Yale-New Haven Hospital, which concluded that Allen had not abused Dylan and that his accusations were likely influenced by his mother. Meanwhile, Allen and Farrow’s relationship had been completely transferred, and the claims were further examined in court during a contentious 1993 custody battle.
In 1997, Allen married Soon-Yi and since then the couple adopted two children together.
The controversy surrounding Allen resumed two decades later, when Dylan spoke to Vanity fair and later followed those comments with an open letter in The New York Times.
Meanwhile, Allen has continuously denied the allegations, while recently speaking out publicly in an op-ed for the New York Times and issue a statement to CBS this morning. And Soon-Yi has only spoken once, giving a rare interview to New York magazine in 2018.
The first of the four-part series premiered on HBO and HBO Max on Sunday. The new episodes will air on Sundays after 9 pm ET / PT.