In statements released by both his attorney and his publicist, Woody Allen denies the abuse allegations detailed yesterday in an open letter by his stepdaughter, Dylan Farrow.
In the letter, Farrow speaks rawly, describing specific and horrific examples of sexual abuse she says her stepfather subjected her to, followed by the traumatic aftermath of having to tell and re-tell her story, and of fear and self-harm.
Last night, TMZ approached Allen and asked him about the allegations, and he refused to answer, ignoring the photographer altogether.
Now, Mother Jones has received response letters, first from Allen’s attorney, blaming Mia Farrow for making up the story:
It is tragic that after 20 years a story engineered by a vengeful lover resurfaces after it was fully vetted and rejected by independent authorities. The one to blame for Dylan’s distress is neither Dylan nor Woody Allen.
And later, from his publicist, saying that the allegations are untrue and that Woody Allen will respond directly to them in short order:
Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful. He will be responding very soon…At the time, 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.
We’ll have the latest updates when and if Allen releases further word on his side of the story.
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