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Woody Allen's adopted daughter renews abuse claims

Dylan Farrow has renewed allegations of child abuse against Woody Allen, who she claims sexually assaulted her when she was seven and he was her adoptive father.

Woody Allen was investigated on child molestation claims for the alleged 1992 incident, but prosecutors elected not to charge him. Credit: Reuters

In an open letter to The New York Times, Farrow recalls an alleged incident of abuse that she says occurred in a "dim, closet-like attic" in 1992 when the film director was married to her adoptive mother Mia Farrow.

She said she was moved to speak out because of Hollywood's ongoing affection for Allen, who was last month honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award at the Golden Globes, and has been nominated for an Oscar for Blue Jasmine.

"That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up," wrote Farrow, 28. "I was stricken with guilt that I had allowed him to be near other little girls."

"For as long as I could remember, my father had been doing things to me that I didn't like," she added. "These things happened so often, so routinely, so skillfully hidden from a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it was normal."

Allen was investigated on child molestation claims for the alleged 1992 incident in Connecticut, but was never charged. He has always maintained his innocence.