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· Woody Allen denies abuse claims

Cate Blanchett says she hopes the family of Woody Allen can find resolution after the director faced renewed allegations he molested his adopted daughter.

Dylan Farrow claims the movie director sexually assaulted her when she was seven years old after he and actress Mia Farrow adopted her.

Blanchett, the star of Allen’s Blue Jasmine, says she hopes the family can find peace.

“It’s obviously been a long and painful situation for the family and I hope they find some resolution and peace,” she said in a statement cited in media reports.

In an open letter to The New York Times posted online on Saturday, Dylan Farrow recalled several events from her childhood. In a letter to op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof, she said she was moved to speak out because Hollywood continued to embrace Allen.

“That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up,” Farrow wrote.

“I was stricken with guilt that I had allowed him to be near other little girls.”

Representatives for Allen and his former partner Mia Farrow didn’t return requests for comment from The Associated Press. The Times reported that Allen declined to comment. He has long maintained his innocence.

In the letter, Dylan Farrow claims 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 she described other abusive behaviour.

Farrow said Allen would have her get in bed with him and at other times “place his head in my naked lap and breathe in and breathe out.”

“For as long as I could remember, my father had been doing things to me that I didn’t like,” Farrow said.

“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 1992 accusation in Connecticut but prosecutors elected not to charge him.

Dylan Farrow, who said she now lives happily married in Florida under another name, urged people not to forget her side of the story and lamented “a world that celebrates her tormenter.”