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Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn strike back at HBO’s ‘Allen V. Close’ – Deadline

A spokesperson for Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn issued a statement to Deadline this evening, denouncing the sexual assault allegations made against the Oscar-winning author in tonight’s Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick HBO docuseries. Allen V. Farrow.

You can read it below. Deadline just received:

These documentary filmmakers had no interest in the truth. Instead, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their enablers to put together a hatchet job riddled with lies. Woody and Soon-Yi were approached less than two months ago and have only had a few days to “respond”. Of course, they refused to do so.

As has been known for decades, these claims are categorically false. Several agencies investigated them at the time and found that, whatever Dylan Farrow may have been led to believe, no abuse had ever taken place. Unfortunately, it’s no surprise that the network to broadcast this is HBO – which has a permanent production contract and a commercial relationship with Ronan Farrow. While this shoddy hit piece may grab attention, it doesn’t change the facts.

‘Allen V. Close’ filmmakers Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick on scrutiny

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Ronan Farrow signed a three-year contract with HBO in 2018 to create special investigative documents. Allen vs. Farrow is not one of those Ronan Farrow productions, as the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist only appears as a subject in docuseries; he did not produce it.

While Ziering and Dick said they contacted Allen, Soon-Yi Previn as well as Moses Farrow (who wrote a 4,600 word essay on his acerbic upbringing under mother Mia), the filmmakers say they never got an answer. That said, the docu-makers told Deadline that they weren’t interested in showing the “myth-maker” side in their docu-series, that is, anyone making arguments on behalf of. Allen. Ziering and Dick were strictly devoted to Dylan and Mia Farrow’s accounts and the sources that supported their arguments. In Allen vs. Farrow, docu filmmakers dismantle Yale New Haven sexual abuse report which found Dylan’s assault allegations against Woody Allen in disbelief. The documentary ignores key facts such as two of Farrow’s adopted children committed suicide, as well as Mia Farrow’s brother, convicted of child molester, John Charles Viller-Farrow, who spent 7 years at Jessup Correctional Facility in Maryland. Tonight is part 1 of Allen vs. Farrow in a four-part series that continues for the next three Sundays.

Before the Sundance premiere of the Ziering and Dick documentary On disk which focuses on women allegedly assaulted by music titan Russell Simmons, Orpah Winfrey stepped down as an EP on the title, which put the documentary in limbo for a while. It was intended for distribution by AppleTV + as part of Winfrey’s deal with the streamer. Winfrey believed there were holes in On the file, besides, she was under pressure from Simmons. HBO Max ended up acquiring On disk after Sundance last year.

In the wake of Dylan Farrow’s second editorial in 2017 which was published in the Los Angeles Times at the height of #MeToo (his first editorial in New York Times in 2014), Amazon Studios dropped Allen from that deal, putting the film nationally distributed for its feature film at the time. A rainy day in New York in limbo. To date, its latest feature, Rifkin Festival, does not have an American distributor.

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