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Woody Allen's representatives respond to sexual abuse allegations

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Feb 02, 2014 | 4:39pm EST

Woody Allen's representatives have denied sexual abuse allegations made against the filmmaker by his estranged adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in a New York Times article. Farrow, who was adopted by Allen and his ex-wife Mia Farrow, has broken her silence for the first time since she accused the acclaimed director of abuse in 1992. In her shocking new online piece, which was published on Saturday (01Feb14) as part of family friend Nicholas Kristof's blog, she gave a detailed account of the alleged abuse that took place in Connecticut when she was seven years old. Farrow wrote, "For as long as I could remember, my father had been doing things to me that I didn't like. "These things happened so often, so routinely, (they were) so skillfully hidden from a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it was normal." She added, "(It was) far worse than people know. That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up. I was terrified of being touched by men. I developed an eating disorder. I began cutting myself." Following the breakdown of his relationship with Mia Farrow in 1992, the abuse allegations were made during a subsequent custody battle. Police investigated the alleged incident, but lawmakers opted not to pursue charges because Dylan was ruled too "fragile" to face a trial. Allen has always maintained his innocence. The matter reared up again last month (Jan14), after Allen was honoured with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globe Awards. His estranged son Ronan raised the allegations while poking fun at his father's tribute. Representatives for Allen have now responded to Dylan's accusations, insisting they are not true. A statement from Allen's attorney Elkan Abramowitz reads, "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. His publicist Leslee Dart, adds, "Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful. He will be responding very soon. "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... No charges were ever filed." On Sunday (02Feb14), a day after the column was published, Kristof told People magazine that Dylan felt "really heartened by the response and support she's getting". He added, "She was nervous about what the reaction would be to an essay so personal, but she put herself out there... She sends a big thank you to all those speaking up about sexual abuse and trying to break the silence. "She has been traumatised for more than two decades by what took place." Kristof reveals Dylan was belatedly diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder just last year (13) and when she heard of the Golden Globes tribute to Allen, she "curled up in a ball on her bed, crying hysterically." Now 28, Dylan Farrow is married and living in Florida under an assumed name. Allen and Farrow split when it was revealed he was having an affair with the actress' adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. The pair married in 1997 and has two children. Meanwhile, the stars of the filmmaker's latest movie Blue Jasmine, who were mentioned in Dylan's open letter, have opened up about the drama - speaking at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California on Saturday night (01Feb14), Cate Blanchett said, "It's obviously been a long and painful situation for the family and I hope they find some sort of resolution and peace." Her co-star Alec Baldwin took to Twitter to respond to followers' questions about the column, writing, "What the f**k is wrong w (with) u that u think we all need to b commenting on this family's personal struggle?" He added, "So you know who's guilty? Who's lying? You, personally, know that? You are mistaken if you think there is a place for me, or any outsider, in this family's issue." Among the celebrities offering Dylan Farrow support is actress Lena Dunham, who tweeted: "To share in this way is courageous, powerful and generous."

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