Sexual abuse claims: Woody Allen's lawyer slams 'vengeful' ex

4 February 2014 / 2 years 8 months ago

Woody Allen's lawyer has blamed a "vengeful lover" for Dylan Farrow's sexual abuse claims.

The 'Blue Jasmine' director's adopted daughter wrote an open letter for the New York Times at the weekend - in which she made a series of accusations about the filmmaker abusing her at the age of seven - and his legal representative Alkan Abramowitz appears to have suggested Dylan's mother, Woody's former partner Mia Farrow, made up the accusations.

Alkan told CNN: "It is tragic that after 20 years a story engineered by a vengeful lover resurfaces, even though it was fully vetted and rejected by independent authorities. 

"The one to blame for Dylan's distress is neither Dylan nor Woody Allen."

The accusations date back to 1992, when it emerged Woody was having an affair with Mia's adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, who he later married. 

In the custody battle over the estranged couple's children, Dylan, Moses and Ronan, the actress alleged the filmmaker had molested their daughter but the charges were later dropped.

Following the publication of Dylan's essay, the 'Midnight in Paris' filmmaker slammed her claims as "disgraceful".

His representative said: "Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful. He will be responding very soon."

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