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Old February 3rd, 2014, 01:00 AM   #11
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NEW YORK (AP) — Woody Allen called Dylan Farrow's allegations of child molestation "untrue and disgraceful," signaling that he would fight renewed claims dating back to 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 Allen has read Dylan Farrow's open-letter, published online Saturday by The New York Times, claiming she was sexually assaulted when she was 7 by her then adoptive father.

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

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, Allen led her to a "dim, closet-like attic" and "then he sexually assaulted me." Farrow didn't specify Allen's actions, but described other abusive behavior.

Ronan Farrow, the son of Allen and Mia Farrow (though she has said her ex-husband Frank Sinatra could be the father), said on Twitter on Sunday: "I love and support my sister and think her words speak for themselves."

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

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

On Sunday, Sony Pictures Classics, which regularly distributes Allen's films including his latest, "Blue Jasmine," urged caution in any rush to judgment.

"This is a very complicated situation and a tragedy for everyone involved," the company said in a statement. "Mr. Allen has never been charged in relationship to any of this, and therefore deserves our presumption of innocence."

Alec Baldwin, who has starred in Allen films, including "Blue Jasmine," was among those Farrow singled out in her letter. 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," said Baldwin.

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

A disciplinary panel found that Maco may have prejudiced the ongoing custody battle between Allen and Mia Farrow by making an accusation without formal charges.

Months before Maco's press conference, a team of child abuse specialists from Yale-New Haven Hospital were brought in to the case and concluded that the child had not been molested.

Maco, who retired in 2003, told the AP on Sunday that the statute of limitations on Dylan Farrow's accusations ran out at least 15 years ago. He said he hopes Farrow was able to watch his news conference and read his statement about his decision not to prosecute Allen.

"I hope she has access to that statement, to know what I did and why I did it," Maco said. "I hope she finds some peace and solace at this time."

A spokesman for the Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice said Sunday that the prosecutor's office won't re-examine the case unless the office is asked to.

The 1992 allegation came shortly after Allen became involved with Mia Farrow's adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. Allen, then in his mid-50s, was not the adoptive father of Previn, who was about 19 at the time. The two married in 1997 and have two adopted daughters.
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Alec Baldwin, who has starred in Allen films, including "Blue Jasmine," was among those Farrow singled out in her letter. 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," said Baldwin.
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I never liked Woody Allen and think his movies suck.
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Old February 3rd, 2014, 03:55 AM   #14
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Um the really scary part is that he married the other young woman when she was 19 who lived in his home though he did not legally adopt, Soon Yi, and now they have two adopted daughters. Pattern much?
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Eh.

I thought Woody Allen was a fucking creep before this. Now he's a creep, a pedophile, and a talentless sod all in one.
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I think you meant "Hollywood's Secret Child Molestation Problem".

It's not the same thing.
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Old February 3rd, 2014, 08:27 AM   #17
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But then, this is Hollywood, the titan of American culture. The A-listers seem nearly untouchable by the law and are extremely powerful in successfully fighting against claims of crimes committed from most comers, including accusations from persistent children as they grow into adulthood.
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Nah, Hollywood - even in its heyday, was never the driving force in the US. Since WWII - when McArthur, the Marines & all the services got their own PR staff & dweebs - yah, the US is now big-time in the Show Biz culture. It's why we put up with Big TV, Big Sports, Big Athletics, Big Stadia for the professional sports gangs, & on & on. It's why Madonna & Bieber & M. Cyrus & on & on are allegedly a big deal.

But they're not untouchable - witness the Diocese of Helena, Montana in the throes of filing for bankruptcy, because they covered up for pedophiles. The institutional church will learn, & eventually so will the so-called elite of Hollywood.

If people will come forward & testify (itself a fun term - look it up!), we can sort through the issues & dispense justice. To the best of our admittedly poor abilities. If that girl was abused as a child, there's nothing we can do to set that right. If Allen did abuse her, he can be punished.

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I think a preponderance of evidence seems to point to Woody Allen being a pedophile. But, I think accusing all of Hollywood to be a pathetic political ploy. Republican Senator Lamar Alexander's Chief of Staff was found to be a pedophile. Don't remember seeing him in a movie.
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Yeah, he married his wife's adopted daughter when she was 19 after his other adopted daughter accused him of molestation, and now has two adopted daughters with that wife, Soon Yi.
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I think you meant "Hollywood's Secret Child Molestation Problem".

It's not the same thing.
Depends on the specifics. Molestation covers all forms of sex abuse and exploitation. In particular cases where underage children are involved, there appears to be more than one pedophile running about in Hollywood taking advantage of their positions to abuse children. Another example is what had happened to Corey Fieldman and the tragic fallout to what had happened to Corey Haim. Fieldman says himself, and i paraphrase, that it is impossible to hold pedophiles in Hollywood to account because of their positions in the system and their manipulating the laws protecting them.

Pedophilia and molestation not being the same thing? They are, imo. The latter is a subcategory to the former.
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