Woody Allen: Claims of abuse 'disgraceful'

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NEW YORK -- Filmmaker Woody Allen called Dylan Farrow's allegations of child molestation "untrue and disgraceful," signaling Sunday that he would fight renewed claims dating back to Mr. Allen's tempestuous relationship with actress Mia Farrow in the early 1990s.

The movie director's publicist, Leslee Dart, said in an email Sunday that Mr. Allen, 78, has read Dylan Farrow's open letter, published online Saturday by The New York Times and appearing in print Sunday, claiming that Ms. Farrow, 28, was sexually assaulted when she was 7 by her then adoptive father.

"Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful," Ms. Dart said.

Mr. Allen's lawyer, Elkan Abramowitz, also reacted: "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."

Dylan Farrow claimed that in 1992 at the family's Connecticut home, Mr. Allen led her to a "dim, closet-like attic" and "then he sexually assaulted me." Ms. Farrow didn't specify Mr. Allen's actions, but described other abusive behavior.

Mr. Allen was investigated on child molestation claims for the 1992 accusation, but was never charged.

Ms. Farrow's open letter didn't urge renewed legal action, but a retrial for Mr. Allen in the court of public opinion. Ms. Farrow -- who now lives in Florida, is married, and goes by another name -- argued for fans of Mr. Allen's movies and actors who star in his films not to "turn a blind eye."

Alec Baldwin, who has starred in Mr. Allen films, including "Blue Jasmine," was among those Ms. Farrow singled out in her letter. Mr. Baldwin responded on Twitter to those demanding a comment from him.

"You are mistaken if you think there is a place for me, or any outsider, in this family's issue," Mr. Baldwin said.

Ms. Farrow's most detailed account of the 1992 incident returned the spotlight to the original police investigation of Mr. Allen. The handling of the investigation was criticized after the Litchfield County state attorney, Frank Maco, said in a news conference that he believed there was "probable cause" to charge Mr. Allen but decided against prosecution partly to avoid a traumatic trial for the young girl.

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