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CBS Interactive(SPOILER ALERT) Last Sunday's episode of Star Trek: Discovery revealed a major plot twist: Lt. Ash Tyler, lover of lead character Michael Burnham, is actually Voq [vohk], a Klingon who's been surgically altered to appear human and infiltrate the Federation.

Actor Shazad Latif first appeared on the show as Voq, speaking Klingon and wearing heavy makeup, then appeared as Tyler a few episodes later.  He says even the crew had no idea he was playing both roles: "When I turned up as Tyler...they were like, 'Who the hell is this guy?'"

In this Sunday's episode, Burnham, played by actress Sonequa Martin-Green, must decide how she now feels about Tyler, and continue her mission to escape the evil Terran Empire.

"We see the fallout between Michael and Tyler and how they're gonna deal with this, 'cause they still have to carry on working together -- there's stuff to do!" Latif laughs. "They've got to go and sort out this Terran Empire...so yeah, there's a lot to come!"

Behind the scenes, there's been a lot going on with the cast of Star Trek: Discovery too.  Doug Jones, who plays First Officer Saru, also stars as the aquatic creature in the acclaimed film The Shape of Water.  And Anthony Rapp, who plays Chief Engineer Stamets, made headlines last year by being the first to publicly reveal that, when he was a teen, Kevin Spacey allegedly sexually assaulted him.

"To be one of the first people to say something like that, that's unbelievable," Latif tells ABC Radio about Rapp's revelation. "I mean, he's been holding that his whole life so it's a very big moment. So [I'm] proud and happy for him."

Star Trek: Discovery airs Sunday nights on CBS: All Access.



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Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be handed out this Sunday.

Hosted by Kristen Bell, the SAG Awards ceremony will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Big Little Lies and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri lead the pack of nominees.

Three Billboards is the most-nominated film, with four nods.  On the TV side, HBO's Big Little Lies and Netflix's wrestling comedy GLOW and its sci-fi hit Stranger Things earned the most nominations, each with four.

Netflix earned 19 nominations total, followed by HBO with 12, leaving broadcast TV in the dust: their closest competitor, NBC, earned three nominations.

The 54th Annual SAG Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Morgan Freeman.

Presenters included Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya; Mudbound's Mary J. Blige and Jason Clarke; and Three Billboards... leads Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Frances McDormand. Among the other presenters are Mandy Moore, Olivia Munn, Niecy Nash, Gina Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Marisa Tomei, Rosanna Arquette and Beverly Hills, 90210 star-turned SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. 

Here are the nominees in major categories:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
Mudbound
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Timothee Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson,Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Television
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid's Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Black-ish
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Glow Orange Is the New Black
Veep

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Jeff Daniels, Godless
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette & Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette & Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Claire Foy, The Crown
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Laura Linney, Ozark

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Sean Hayes, Will & Grace
William H. Macy, Shameless
Marc Maron, GLOW

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Alison Brie, GLOW
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

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ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- Kristen Bell believes having a woman chosen as the first person to ever host the Screen Actors Guild Awards show is "the tip of the hat" to recent conversations calling for change in Hollywood.

"I think it’s just in response to ... conversations changing about the industry," Bell told ABC News' Nick Watt of her being chosen to host the awards show this year.  "Maybe having a female host it is a little bit of a response to, or the tip of the hat to that," she added.

Bell said that Sunday night's show, where every presenter will also be female, is "really celebrating women a lot."

The decision to have a female host and all-female presenters comes at a time when the entertainment industry has courted controversy for months, and is still reeling from the fallout of multiple sexual harassment scandals.

Another benefit to being the first ever woman to host the show?  "I won’t be compared to anyone else, which is kind of nice," Bell joked. 

"I’m going to be as awkward and as weird as possible, and hopefully that will make someone smile," she added. "We're going to have a lot of fun."

The SAG Awards have often been looked to as the best predictor of who will win an Oscar. In 2017 and 2016, three out of four acting winners at the SAG Awards went on to win Oscars that year.

Bell, who stars on ABC's The Good Place, told ABC News that while it's "very flattering" to be chosen as a host, she noted that she still has yet to be nominated for an SAG Award herself.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards will air Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on TNT and TBS.

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Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(NEW JERSEY) -- The Situation's got himself into a sticky tax situation -- and recently took a plea deal to get out of it. 

As a part of a plea deal, both Jersey Shore star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and his manager brother, Marc Sorrentino, pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges in a New Jersey courthouse Friday.

The Situation pleaded guilty to charges of tax evasion, while his brother pleaded guilty to "aiding in the preparation of a false and fraudulent tax return," according to documents acquired by ABC News. 

According to the pleas, both The Sitch and his brother hid money the reality star made in 2011.  In some cases, Mike Sorrentino was paid off the books, and made cash bank deposits small enough not to be detected by the IRS.

Marc Sorrentino, who created business ventures so the pair could capitalize on his brother's Jersey Shore stardom, admitted to under-reporting his income and providing false information to tax preparers for tax years 2010, 2011, and 2012.

The Sitch's charge carries a maximum penalty of five years behind bars.  His brother's crime carries a maximum three-year prison sentence. Both brothers can also be fined up to $250,000 each.

"What the defendants admitted to today, quite simply, is tantamount to stealing money from their fellow taxpayers," U.S. Attorney Carpenito said in a statement. "All of us are required by law to pay our fair share of taxes. Celebrity status does not provide a free pass from this obligation."

Sentencing is scheduled for April 25.

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© 2017 HS FILM, LLC(NEW YORK) -- As its name suggests, today's new release, 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers, is based on actual events -- but you'd be forgiven if you thought it was made up.

The stars of the film, including Thor star Chris Hemsworth, Ant-Man's Michael Pena [PEYn-yah], and Moonlight's Trevante Rhodes thought so too, at first -- before they got to know the American heroes who actually lived it.

In the days after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, American Special Forces deployed operatives to Afghanistan, in an extremely dangerous mission to convince locals to turn against Osama bin Laden and his Taliban army.

As part of their blending in with the local resistance fighters -- one of the specialties of Special Forces operators -- Americans did battle with the heavily armed Islamic extremists using horses to charge across the perilous terrain.

For Hemsworth, the movie highlighted real-life superheroes. "I've done a lot of stuff in the comic book world...but I desperately wanted to do something...more grounded...And this script came along a few years ago, and my first instinct was, I just couldn't believe it was a true story."

Like Hemsworth, who plays the squad's leader, Pena and Rhodes relished the chance to meet and work with the real-life heroes they played on screen. "These men are interesting," Pena tells ABC Radio, "because of course they feel fear ...but it's their willingness to overcome that -- I think not everyone has that ability."

Rhodes adds, "Obviously it was massively valuable...We had dinner with them a couple of times...We worked out together, we ate together. It was ... an honor."

The movie also stars Rob Riggle -- who, in his pre-fame days, was a Marine pilot. Incidentally, the Daily Show alum holds the rank of Lt. Colonel in real life, and in 12 Strong he plays the man he served under, Lt. Col. Max Bowers, one of the mission's commanders. 

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Courtesy of OWN(NEW YORK) -- Jackée Harry admits she is excited for a Sister, Sister reboot, where she will once again get to play the fun-loving Lisa Landry. But don't ask the 227 alum about revisiting her '80s sitcom character Sandra Clark -- because she'll tell you there's no way she'll play that "outrageous" woman again.

"I don't live in the past," Harry tells ABC Radio. "I'm staying with the now and the future. I really do, I really do because...Uh! I can't believe I did that all that shhhh!"

In addition to appearing as Sandra on 227, which aired from 1985 to 1990, Harry shot a television pilot, entitled Jackée, which followed her character Sandra to New York City. Although NBC aired the pilot, the show wasn't picked up and Jackée returned 227 only as a guest star.

Now, close to 30 years later, Jackee says she's not interested in seeing a 227 reboot, but rather is focused on her current gig as Joanne, a troublemaking family member, in Tyler Perry's new OWN series, The Paynes.

"In a black heaven," Harry says in reference to a 227 reboot. "No. No! No, I don't have nothing else to say. I don't live in the past. I did that, it was just outrageous. But I would like to do... this show for another six years... or eight, nine."

The Paynes air Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

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Photo by Monica Schipper/FilmMagic(LONDON) -- Oscar winner Colin Firth, who starred in Woody Allen's 2014 romantic comedy Magic in the Moonlight, has joined a growing chorus of stars who have turned their back on the director.

Thursday, incidentally the same day Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow reiterated claims the filmmaker sexually abused her when she was seven, Firth told The Guardian, "I wouldn’t work with him again."

Allen again asserted that the claims were false, he was never charged, and that he believes Dylan had been "coached" from an early age by her adopted mom, his ex Mia Farrow, in retaliation for his relationship with Farrow's adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn.

Firth joins other Allen movie alumni in expressing regret they worked for him, including Oscar winner Mira Sorvino, actress-director Greta Gerwig, Golden Globe winner Rachel Brosnahan, Rebecca Hall, and Timothée Chalamet.

The latter two performers have donated their salaries from their work in the as-yet-unreleased Allen movie A Rainy Day in New York to the Time's Up legal defense fund.

Of late, Alec Baldwin seems to be the only actor to publicly stand to support Allen. "Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed," Baldwin tweeted earlier this week. "The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose. But it’s unfair and sad to me. I worked w WA 3 times and it was one of the privileges of my career."

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Disney(NEW YORK) -- Ava DuVernay joins A Wrinkle in Time stars Oprah Winfrey and Storm Reid on the cover of Essence's February issue.

In the cover story, DuVernay talks about being approached to direct the fantasy film.

“I read it, and of course, as any reader, you put yourself in the book," Ava tells Essence. "You see people that you know inhabiting the world. So when I went in to talk to [Walt Disney Studios EVP of Production Tendo Nagenda] about it, I said, ‘This is how I see it. I see this as being multicultural, even down to the main character. I’m like, ‘She’s gotta be brown.’

In the film, Reid plays Meg Murry, a young girl who sets out to find her missing father with the help of three magical celestial beings, played by Oprah WinfreyReese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling.

According to Oprah, watching 14-year-old Reid on set has been a surreal experience.

“Sometimes I’d be watching her...and would really tear up at her performance because she will become for this generation what Judy Garland’s Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz was for previous generations," she tells the magazine.

"She gets to be that. This little Stormy, our little Stormy, gets to carry that on for generations to come," gushes Oprah. "She gets to be that light for girls like herself.”

A Wrinkle In Time opens in theaters March 9. Essence's February issue hits newsstands today.

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ABC/Mitch Haaseth(LOS ANGELES) -- On Scandal episode "Robin," Eli is seen lighting a body on fire in a junkyard and the reports it. Later, Liv and the gladiators meet and learn that the body is Quinn's. After Charlie realizes that Quinn and their unborn child are now dead, he reveals that he and Quinn were going to name their baby Robin.

During the funeral arrangements for Quinn, Charlie is indecisive. He wants to turn her remains into ammunition. Liv finally agrees. Charlie asks her to do Quinn's eulogy.

Huck questions Liv on notes from the coroner's report on Quinn. He's later cries over Quinn's burnt body in the morgue promising to get revenge on her killer.

Later, Fitz visits Liv. Liv isn't happy to see him and tells him off. She yells, blames him for playing a part in Quinn's death and slams the door in his face. 

Huck, still suspicious about Liv being involved in Quinn's death, goes to Abby's house to talk about his findings. There, he tells her that Liv is responsible for Quinn's death. Abby is skeptical, but Huck refuses to back down. Abby kicks him out.

Huck later shows up at Fitz offices and tells him Liv is not the "same person anymore." Fitz says he knows -- and admits he tried to save her from becoming a horrible person.

When Huck is alone, he struggles with what to do knowing that Liv was involved with Quinn's death. Should he torture and kill her -- or leave it alone? He later returns to Quinn's offices where he hears a noise. It's Olivia -- who breaks a vase, because she's drunk.

Liv says she's there to find inspiration for Quinn's eulogy. She mumbles about Quinn to Huck and then leaves.

On the day of the funeral, Charlie puts some of Quinn's remains in the bullets. Abby helps him and the gladiators are seen preparing for Quinn's funeral.

Liv gives the eulogy, which is short and sad. Then, one by one the gladiators fire bullets into the dirt that are filled with Quinn's remains.

Later, the gladiators reminisce about Quinn as they drink together at the office. Liv, who was invited to join them, ends up at Fitz' place. After a few silent and tense moments, they sleep together.

In the office garage, David sees Charlie in his car in a daze. Charlie says he can't return home because of the baby stuff at his place. So David agrees to take some of the stuff back with him and Abby. However, when he and Abby attempt to fix up a play pen, they discover a hidden flash drive. 

Charlie, still upset, ends up at Eli's house to ask for his old job as a hitman back. Eli tells Charlie to leave and to think about what he's asking. As Charlie tries to get Eli to take him back, he hears a baby crying... and rushes upstairs to see an infant.

Charlie asks Eli whose baby it is. Eli does not respond and Charlie starts choking Eli as the episode ends.

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© 2017 HS FILM, LLC(LOS ANGELES) -- Opening in wide release on Friday:

* 12 Strong -- Thor: Ragnarok's Chris Hemsworth stars in this historical drama based on the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11. Outgunned an outnumbered, they form an uneasy alliance with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban. Michael Shannon and Michael Peña also star. Rated R.

* Den of Thieves -- Gerard Butler leads the cast of this crime drama pitting the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department against a crew of thieves who plan a seemingly impossible heist of the city's Federal Reserve Bank. Also starring Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Straight Outta Compton's O'Shea Jackson, Jr. and Orange Is the New Black's Pablo Schreiber. Rated R.

* Forever My Girl -- The heartwarming story of a country star -- played by Alex Roe -- who returns to his small hometown after nearly a decade to win back the love he left behind -- portrayed by Jessica Rothe -- and finds a surprise waiting for him. Rated PG.

* I, Tonya -- Margot Robbie stars as the titular character in this dark comedy based on the true story of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding, whose promising career was cut short when her husband tried to eliminate her rival. Also starring Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney. Rated R.

* Phantom Thread -- In his final movie role, Daniel Day-Lewis plays Reynolds Woodcock, a persnickety dressmaker in 1950s London whose life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman -- portrayed by Vicky Krieps -- who becomes his muse and lover. Rated R.

 



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"Lady Bird" - Photo by Merie Wallace, courtesy of A24(LOS ANGELES) -- Lady Bird star Saoirse Ronan just won a Golden Globe award and she'll likely get an Oscar nomination next week.  But while her career is on the rise, the 23-year-old Irish actress' love live isn't: She's single.  So of course, when she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday, Ellen made her play an extremely lengthy game of "Who'd You Rather"...and a music superstar came out on top.

On "Who'd You Rather," Ellen shows her guests pictures of two celebrities, and the guest has to choose which one they'd "rather." Ellen started Saoirse off with Timothée Chalamet, her Lady Bird co-star. 

The game then progressed with the following picks:

1. Timothée Chalamet over Colin Farrell
2. Timothée Chalamet over Harry Styles
3. Jamie Dornan over Timothée Chalamet
4. Ed Sheeran over Jamie Dornan
5. Daniel Radcliffe over Ed Sheeran
6. Kendrick Lamar over Daniel Radcliffe
7. Drake over Kendrick Lamar
8. Mark-Paul Gosselaar over Drake
9. Mark-Paul Gosselaar over Orlando Bloom
10. Zac Efron over Mark-Paul Gosselaar
11. Jake Gyllenhaal over Zac Efron
12. Chris Martin over Jake Gyllenhaal
13. Chance the Rapper over Chris Martin

Then, finally, given the options of Chance and Bruno Mars, Saoirse didn't even let Ellen finish -- she immediately said, "Bruno, definitely!"  "There's a few that are instant for sure," she said. "Like a gut reaction."

When Ellen pointed out that sadly, Bruno has a girlfriend, Saoirse said, "Y'know, companionship is fine. Even just a friendship, I'm fine with. Even if we just, like, email or have a correspondence."  

"OK, we'll get that happening," Ellen said as the audience laughed.

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Paul Drinkwater/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Rachel Brosnahan is the latest actor to express regret over working with Woody Allen, who has been accused by his adoptive daughter of molesting her, a charge he has denied.

The actress, who recently won a Golden Globe for her performance in the Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, worked with the director on the Amazon limited series Crisis in Six Scenes.

"Look, I had a great experience working on that project," Brosnahan tells The Hollywood Reporter. "But I do have to take this opportunity to say that, for me, I have really struggled with the decision to do that project for a long time."

Brosnahan added, "Honestly, it's the decision that I have made in my life that is the most inconsistent with everything I stand for and believe in, both publicly and privately. And while I can't take it back, it's important to me, moving forward, to make decisions that better reflect the things that I value and my worldview."

Allen's adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times questioning why the #MeToo movement has seemingly spared Allen.

After it was published, actress Greta Gerwig announced that she would never work with Allen again. Actor Timothee Chalamet announced on Instagram that he was donating his salary from his role in Allen's most recent film, A Rainy Day in New York, to charities that fight sexual abuse and harassment. Chalamet's co-star, Rebecca Hall, said she was "profoundly sorry" and was donating her salary to charity as well. And Mira Sorvino, who won an Oscar after starring in Allen’s 1995 film Mighty Aphrodite, apologized to Farrow in an open letter in the HuffPost.

In 2014, Farrow wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times, in which she told the story of how Allen allegedly sexually assaulted her at age 7.

She reiterated those claims to CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King on Thursday.

Allen has consistently denied the abuse allegation, maintaining his ex-partner and Farrow's mother, actress Mia Farrow, coached their daughter into making the claims. The director was investigated on child molestation claims for the alleged 1992 incident in Connecticut, but prosecutors elected not to charge him.

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Wolff’s best-selling book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House may be coming to TV.

Variety confirmed a story that first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, claiming Endeavor Content has inked a deal in the seven-figure range to turn the controversial book into a TV series.

Wolff reportedly will serve as an executive producer on the project, which currently has no network attached.

Fire and Fury is Wolff's account of Donald Trump’s first year as president, based on the author's exclusive access to the White House. The president has attacked both the book and former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon -- one of Wolff’s principal sources. Bannon later stepped down from his position as head of Breitbart News in the wake of the furor over his comments in the book.

Sales of the book surged after White House officials tried to stop its release. It debuted at number one on The New York Times best-seller list and, as of Wednesday, its combined e-book, audio and hardcover sales top 500,000 copies -- despite the fact that Wolff has been under fire for the lack of proof of many of the events he describes in the book.

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ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(LOS ANGELES) -- The Bad Boys TV spinoff starring Gabrielle Union is on its way to become an official series.  According to The Wrap, it's landed a pilot order from NBC.

In the potential series, Union will reprise her Bad Boys 2 role, Syd Burnett. Her character, however, has now moved to L.A. and is working as an LAPD detective. Unfortunately, her new partner, Nancy McKenna, believes Syd's lifestyle is a front for a "greater personal secret."

As previously reported, The Blacklist writer-producers Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier have already signed on to write the script. In addition to starring in the series, Union will executive produce.

The Bad Boys series news comes after BET announced the cancellation of Union's Being Mary Jane, ending the series with a fifth-season two-hour movie special.

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CBS News(NEW YORK) -- Dylan Farrow's accusations that she was sexually molested by her adopted father, filmmaker Woody Allen, aren't new.  But now Farrow has made the accusations for the first time, on camera.

In an interview Thursday with CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King, a tearful Dylan Farrow, 32, detailed how, at the age of seven, Allen allegedly molested her in an attic of her mother's Connecticut home, touching her genitals after Allen told her to lie down on the floor and play with a toy.

Farrow first made her accusations public in an open latter to the New York Times in 2014.

Allen has always denied the claims, asserting that they were made as revenge after Dylan Farrow's mother, actress Mia Farrow, learned of Allen's relationship with Farrow's adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, to whom he's been married for nearly two decades. 

After the interview aired Thursday, Allen issued a statement reiterating his innocence.

"When this claim was first made more than 25 years ago, it was thoroughly investigated by both the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare," the statement declares. "They both did so for many months and independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place. Instead, they found it likely a vulnerable child had been coached to tell the story by her angry mother during a contentious breakup."
 
The statement continues, “Dylan’s older brother Moses has said that he witnessed their mother doing exactly that -- relentlessly coaching Dylan, trying to drum into her that her father was a dangerous sexual predator. It seems to have worked -- and, sadly, I’m sure Dylan truly believes what she says."
 
Allen's statement concludes, “But even though the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time’s Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation, that doesn’t make it any more true today than it was in the past. I never molested my daughter -- as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago.”

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