Woody Allen: Sex Abuse Claims 'Untrue, Disgraceful'

State attorney believed Allen molested his daughter
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 2, 2014 5:08 PM CST
This Jan. 12, 1993 file photo shows director Woody Allen trading grins with a pursuing television reporter as he arrives at State Supreme Court in Manhattan, New York.   (Mario Cabrera)
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(Newser) – Woody Allen called Dylan Farrow's allegations of child molestation "untrue and disgraceful" a day after Farrow renewed claims dating back to Allen's tempestuous relationship with actress Mia Farrow in the early 1990s. The movie director's publicist Leslee Dart said in an email today that Allen has read Dylan Farrow's open letter, published online by the New York Times, claiming she was sexually assaulted by her then adoptive father as a 7-year-old. "Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful," said Dart, who said Allen will be responding soon.

Dylan Farrow claimed that in 1992 at the family's Connecticut home, Allen led her to a "dim, closet-like attic" and "then he sexually assaulted me." Farrow didn't specify Allen's actions, but described other abusive behavior. Allen was investigated on child molestation claims for the 1992 accusation, but prosecutors elected not to charge him. The handling of the investigation was criticized after Litchfield County state attorney Frank Maco said in a press conference that he believed Allen had molested Farrow but decided against charging him to avoid a traumatic trial for the young girl. Maco, who retired in 2003, said that he hopes Dylan Farrow "has access to that statement, to know what I did and why I did it. I hope she finds some peace and solace at this time." (Read more Woody Allen stories.)

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