Soon-Yi Previn’s and Woody Allen’s Response to HBO’s Docuseries: ‘It’s A Shoddy Hit Piece’

Soon-Yi Previn’s and Woody Allen’s Response to HBO’s Docuseries: ‘It's A Shoddy Hit Piece’

“Allen v. Farrow” focuses on Dylan Farrow’s abuse allegations against Mr. Allen, her adoptive father.

“Allen v. Farrow,” a new HBO documentary series looking at Dylan Farrow’s decades-old sexual abuse allegations against the filmmaker Woody Allen, her adoptive father, premiered on Sunday evening. A spokesperson for Mr. Allen slammed the show.”

A statement attributed to a spokesperson was sent by Letty Aronson. Ms. Farrow, Mr. Allen’s longtime girlfriend, learned about the relationship between Mr. Allen and Ms. Previn in 1992 when Ms. Previn was a freshman in college. This relationship is also examined in the four-part docuseries.

Allen was not part of the series, but it does feature audio from his memoir, “Apropos of Nothing.”

The statement said, “These documentarians 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 falsehoods.”

The first episode features extensive interviews with Mia Farrow and Dylan Farrow, who have accused Mr. Allen of mistreatment since Mia was seven years old. In addition, it included interviews with Dylan Farrow’s family members and friends, who stated that Mr. Allen was mistreating his daughter even before the Aug. 4, 1992, incident.

Allen has a long history of denying the abuse allegations, arguing that Mia Farrow had instructed him to make the allegations because Dylan had a bad relationship with Ms. Previn.

“As has been known for decades, these allegations are categorically false. Multiple agencies investigated them at the time and found that, whatever Dylan Farrow may have been led to believe, absolutely no abuse had ever taken place”, he continued.

In later episodes, the series discusses specifically one of the investigations: the Yale Child Sexual Abuse Clinic wrote a report at the Yale-New Haven Hospital, which deemed Dylan unreliable after interviewing her nine times over a seven-month period. According to the series, all notes from that session were destroyed along with the final report.

Connecticut prosecutors declined to prosecute Mr. Allen in 1993, where Dylan Farrow claims that he sexually assaulted her. According to the state’s attorney, he acted in such a manner to spare Dylan the trauma of a trial—but he believed Dylan was molested.