Today Woody Allen's lawyer and publicist released separate statements responding to his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow's claims of sexual abuse. The statements — which, in a sure coincidence, were sent out as the world mourned Philip Seymour Hoffman — lays the blame for Farrow's trauma at the feet of her mother, Allen's estranged ex-partner Mia Farrow.
The statement from 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.
Allen's publicist chimed in further with this:
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; and that Dylan Farrow had likely been coached by her mother Mia Farrow. No charges were ever filed.
[photo of Allen with Mia Farrow in 1999 via Getty]