Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn have released a statement blasting HBO’s four-part docuseries Allen v. Farrow, which premiered Sunday night.
The series made by veteran filmmakers Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick explores molestation allegations against the Annie Hall director by Dylan Farrow, his adopted daughter with then-girlfriend Mia Farrow. Dylan was 7 years old at the time she alleged Allen molested her.
The first episode portrays how Allen allegedly groomed Dylan. The director is described in the docuseries as being obsessed with the little girl, and behaving in inappropriate ways with her.
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“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,” Allen and Soon-Yi Previn said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
“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… While this shoddy hit piece may gain attention, it does not change the facts.”
The docuseries pieced together audio tapes, interviews, home movie footage, court documents and more to detail the sexual abuse allegations against the director, and follows his custody battle with Mia Farrow, as well as his controversial marriage to her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn.
Some of those interviewed include Dylan, Mia Farrow, Ronan Farrow, family friend Carly Simon, prosecutor Frank Maco, relatives, investigators and experts.
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Allen, 85, has faced outrage over the sexual abuse allegations against him, as well as negative publicity for his marriage with Previn, 50, who is more than 30 years his junior and is the adopted daughter of Farrow and musician André Previn.
In recent years, actors have expressed regret for appearing in Allen’s films and he has been shunned by major movie studios.
The second episode of Allen v. Farrow will air simultaneously on HBO Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. PT and stream on HBO Max.
Watch a trailer for the documentary below: