Woody Allen’s spokesperson says his daughter’s sex assault claims are “untrue and disgraceful”.
The 78-year-old director was targeted in an open letter penned by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, in which she accuses him of abusing her in the attic of their home when she was seven-years-old.
In a statement to Variety, a representative for the filmmaker strongly denied the claims, published by the New York Times.
“Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful. He will be responding very soon,” the statement reads.
“At the time [of the alleged abuse], a thorough investigation was conducted by court appointed independent experts. The experts concluded there was no credible evidence of molestation; that Dylan Farrow had an inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality; and that Dylan Farrow had likely been coached by her mother Mia Farrow. No charges were ever filed.”
Woody was seen at Madison Square Garden after news of Dylan’s open letter broke, but dodged questions about the allegations, according to TMZ.
The director was attending the New York Knicks basketball game against the Miami heat, with wife Soon-Yi and daughters Bechet and Manzie.
Dylan, now 28, made similar claims in a Vanity Fair interview published in October but says she felt compelled to address the alleged abuse herself after years of living in silence.
“That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up. I was terrified of being touched by men. I developed an eating disorder. I began cutting myself,” she wrote, adding that others knew about the alleged assault.
“That torment was made worse by Hollywood. All but a precious few (my heroes) turned a blind eye. Each time I saw my abuser’s face – on a poster, on a T-shirt, on television – I could only hide my panic until I found a place to be alone and fall apart.”
Mia won custody of her children with Woody in 1993 after a bitter custody battle during which he had been accused of inappropriately touching Dylan.
The director said at the time the allegations were made up by his ex out of anger stemming from his affair with Soon-Yi, Mia’s adopted daughter.
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