Woody Allen Releases Statement After Dylan Farrow's Sexual Abuse Claims: Open Letter Was "Untrue And Disgraceful"

Celebrity News Feb. 2, 2014 AT 5:15PM
Woody Allen Woody Allen calls adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow's sexual abuse claims "untrue and disgraceful." Credit: Michael Stewart/WireImage

Woody Allen is in some hot water with critics after his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow, now 28, published an open letter to the famed director, claiming he sexually abused her at age 7. Now the Blue Jasmine director, 78, has sent Us Weekly a preliminary response, with the assurance that there's more to come. 

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"Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful," his spokesperson told Us Weekly. "He will be responding very soon."

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The spokesperson also cited the case from 1993, noting, "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."

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In the bombshell open letter, Dylan Farrow gets graphic when describing the alleged abuse, writing, "When I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house," Farrow, now 28, wrote. "He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies. I remember staring at that toy train, focusing on it as it traveled in its circle around the attic. To this day, I find it difficult to look at toy trains."

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