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Woody Allen Calls Daughter's Abuse Claims 'Untrue and Disgraceful'

Woody Allen Calls Daughter's Abuse Claims 'Untrue and Disgraceful'

Originally posted 02/02/2014 05:00PM

Woody Allen is speaking out – and denying that he sexually abused his adopted daughter.

A rep for the usually press-shy director, 78, issued a brief response to the open letter from estranged daughter Dylan Farrow, who detailed what she alleged was sexual abuse she suffered when she was 7 years old.

"Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful," the rep tells PEOPLE. "He will be responding very soon."

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Dylan Farrow 'Heartened' by Response After Woody Allen Allegations

Dylan Farrow 'Heartened' by Response After Woody Allen Allegations

Originally posted 02/02/2014 12:10PM

Dylan Farrow stepped out of the shadows Saturday to detail the sexual abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of adopted father Woody Allen two decades earlier.

A day later, the New York Times columnist who broke the story tells PEOPLE the young woman is now feeling encouraged by the supportive feedback that has been pouring in.

"She's really heartened by the response and support she's getting," Nicholas Kristof tells PEOPLE. (Kristof, a friend of Dylan's mother, Mia Farrow, and her brother, Ronan Farrow, first published excerpts of her open letter to Allen on Saturday.) "She sends a big thank you to all those speaking up about sexual abuse and trying to break the silence."

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Cate Blanchett Hopes Woody Allen's Family 'Can Find Peace'

Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin React to Dylan Farrow's Letter

Originally posted 02/02/2014 10:35AM

Dylan Farrow ends her open letter detailing her sexual abuse claims against her adoptive father, Woody Allen, by singling out several actors who have starred in the director's films, asking pointedly, "What if it had been your daughter?"

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Inside Story: Why Woody Allen Wasn't Prosecuted after Daughter's Abuse Allegations

Why Woody Allen Wasn't Prosecuted after Abuse Allegations by Daughter

Originally posted 02/02/2014 09:50AM

It had been, she says, a private ordeal.

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Dylan Farrow: Open Letter Details Sexual Abuse by Woody Allen

Dylan Farrow: Open Letter Details Sexual Abuse by Woody Allen

Originally posted 02/01/2014 06:00PM

There was a lot of debate earlier this month after Woody Allen was given a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes.

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What Mia Farrow Liked, Loved and Refused to Watch at the Globes

Mia Farrow Liked a Lot About the Globes – and Really Didn't Like One Thing

Originally posted 01/13/2014 02:00PM

Like much of the world, Mia Farrow was Tweeting all through Sunday's Golden Globes broadcast.

(In case you don't already, Farrow, 68, is definitely worth following on Twitter: She Tweets everything from cat pictures to articles about global poverty. And sadly, while a Tweet about her and Philip Roth watching Sharknado was revealed to be a hoax, she did in fact watch the television epic at one point, Tweeting "Tomorrow I'll pick up a chainsaw," a reference to the film.)

In case you missed it, here's a list of the things Farrow likes (or loved!) Sunday night – and the one thing she didn't:

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5 Things to Know About Princess Charlotte of Monaco's New Boyfriend | Charlotte Casiraghi, Gad Elmaleh

5 Things to Know About Princess Charlotte of Monaco's New Boyfriend

Originally posted 10/25/2013 06:30PM

Stand-up comic and film actor Gad Elmaleh is not only considered the funniest person in France, but he's also dating Monaco's Charlotte Casiraghi, the stunning royal granddaughter of the late Princess Grace Kelly. And Casiraghi is expecting their first child together later this year.

Virtually unknown in the U.S., Elmaleh, 42, was actually in Woody Allen's Oscar-winning Midnight in Paris, as the misguided Détective Tisserant.

Starting Friday, American audiences will have the opportunity to see him again, this time in his starring role in the financial thriller Capital, opposite Gabriel Byrne and directed by Oscar-winning French director Costa-Gavras.

Here are five things to know about the Moroccan-born celebrity, who recently sat down with PEOPLE.

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Mia Farrow's Remark About Son Ronan Gets Readers Roarin'

Mia Farrow's Remark About Son Ronan Gets Readers Roarin'

Originally posted 10/06/2013 09:00AM

Paternity was a much-discussed topic among PEOPLE.com readers this week, with few lacking for a strong opinion.

At the same time, a certain already controversial young pop star further raised blood pressures with her latest remarks.

Here are the five stories that sparked the strongest reactions this week, from happy, sad, laugh out loud, angry and wow.

To tell us what you think of what's going on in the news, click on the appropriate icon appearing at the bottom of every story.

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Sinatra Widow Calls Suggestion Frank Fathered Mia's Son a 'Bunch of Junk'

Barbara Sinatra Slams Suggestion Frank Sinatra 'Possibly' Fathered Mia Farrow's Son

Originally posted 10/03/2013 01:45PM

Mia Farrow raised millions of eyebrows this week when she admitted to Vanity Fair that former husband Frank Sinatra "possibly" fathered son Ronan, rather than long-assumed dad Woody Allen.

But two people are quite certain that what Farrow asserts is bunk: Sinatra's widow, Barbara, and Allen himself.

Barbara Sinatra, who was married to the legendary crooner from 1976 until his death in 1998, told Palm Springs, Calif., newspaper the Desert Sun that Farrow's potential admission was "a phony deal."

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Mia Farrow: Son Ronan 'Possibly' Fathered by Frank Sinatra (& Not Woody Allen)

Mia Farrow: Son Ronan 'Possibly' Fathered by Frank Sinatra (& Not Woody Allen)

Originally posted 10/02/2013 09:45AM

Could Frank Sinatra actually be the biological father of Mia Farrow's handsome son Ronan – whose father was always said to be Woody Allen?

Although no DNA tests were ever done, Ronan, a 25-year-old former Rhodes scholar who bears a striking resemblance to Ol' Blue Eyes, remains close to the late crooner's family, as does Farrow, Vanity Fair reports in its November issue, in an interview with the actress.

Farrow, 68, who was married to Sinatra from 1966 to 1968, admittedly continued a relationship with the music legend while she was involved in a longtime relationship with filmmaker Allen.

Sinatra, who died in 1998, would have been about 72 when Ronan, born in 1987, was conceived.

Asked point blank by Vanity Fair's Maureen Orth whether Ronan could be Sinatra's son, Farrow responds with one word: "Possibly."

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