TODAY   |  February 03, 2014

Woody Allen rep: Abuse allegations ‘disgraceful’

The filmmaker is facing scrutiny after Dylan Farrow, adopted daughter of his former partner, Mia Farrow, made disturbing abuse claims in an open letter to The New York Times. Allen’s spokeswoman says Allen read the piece and “found it untrue and disgraceful.” NBC’s Kate Snow reports.

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>>> from an account from his own daughter accusing him of sexually abusing her. she wrote a candid and open letter published in the "new york times." here's kate snow .

>> reporter: the allegations are more than 20 years old, but for the first time this weekend, dylan farrow herself went public accusing legendary film maker woody allen of abusing her when she was just 7 years old. now 28, farrow wrote in a letter on an online blog, he sexually assaulted me, he talked to me while he did it. whispering i was a good girl, that this was our secret. the worst encounter she describes was in an attic. but inappropriate behavior, quote, happened so often, i thought it was how fathers doted on their daughters. over the weekend, allen ignored questions.

>> you don't have any comment about dylan 's letter?

>> reporter: but ever since the claims surfaced years ago, he has vehemently denied the allegations and never been charged with a crime. his publicist responded to dylan 's letter saying mr. allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful. 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 dylan farrow had likely been coached by her mother mia farrow .

>> i think it's safe to say that woody allen is an anomaly.

>> reporter: after he honored a few weeks ago, mia farrow blasted her ex. her son and msnbc host tweeted his support for dylan saying her words speak for themselves.

>> this isn't the end of woody allen . this is only going to be a blip on his career unless there's solid proof that emerges that we've never seen before.

>> for "today," kate snow , nbc