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Mia Farrow son paternity story 'absurd' says Woody Allen spokesman

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Media captionMia Farrow spoke to Vanity Fair magazine about paternity rumours, as Lizo Mzimba reports

Speculation that Woody Allen may not be the father of Mia Farrow's son Ronan has been dismissed as "absurd" by the director's spokesman.

The claims are "so fictitious and extravagantly absurd that he is not going to comment," said his spokesman.

Farrow's admission to Vanity Fair that Ronan may "possibly" have been fathered by ex-husband Frank Sinatra has also been rubbished by the singer's widow.

"It's just a bunch of junk," Barbara Sinatra told the Desert Sun newspaper.

"There's always junk written - lies that aren't true," the 85-year-old said on Wednesday. "It sounds like a phony to me."

Ronan Farrow, 25, has made his own comment on the story, tweeting: "Listen, we're all *possibly* Frank Sinatra's son."

Mia Farrow's comments came in a lengthy article in Vanity Fair's November issue, which also contains quotes from eight of the actress's children.

In excerpts released ahead of its publication, Farrow claims she and Sinatra "never really split up" following the end of their two-year marriage in 1968.

Farrow subsequently married, and divorced, the composer Andre Previn, with whom she had three children and adopted three more.

Image caption Allen and Mia Farrow had a 12-year relationship and made 13 films together

The actress went on to have both a professional and personal relationship with Allen, with whom she had Ronan - originally named Satchel - in 1987.

The revelation that Allen was having a secret affair with Farrow's adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn caused the break-up of their 12-year relationship in 1992.

This led to a bitter custody battle in which Allen was accused of molesting their adopted daughter Dylan, charges Allen denied and which have never been proved.

Dylan, who now goes under the name Malone, refers to the alleged molestation in the Vanity Fair article, claiming she had been "scared" and had "wanted it to stop".

"I have never been asked to testify," she is quoted as saying. "If I could talk to the seven-year-old Dylan, I would tell her to be brave, to testify."

The article offers further insights into how Farrow and Allen's acrimonious break-up has impacted on their biological and adopted children.

Fletcher Previn, it is revealed, used Photoshop to remove Allen from every family photo and edited him out of the Farrow's home videos.

Speaking in 2005, Allen confirmed he no longer had relationships with the three children from his relationship with Farrow.

Ronan Farrow, now a human rights campaigner and journalist, is reportedly in talks to host his own show on US channel MSNBC.

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