Woody Allen launched a blistering attack on documentary-makers Sunday night after the airing of the first episode of the hard-hitting four-part docuseries Allen v. Farrow, which explores allegations he sexually abused his daughter Dylan Farrow.
A representative for Allen, 85, and his wife, Soon-Yi Previn, 50, slammed the show as a ‘hatchet job’ that is ‘riddled with falsehoods’ in a lengthy statement.
The new documentary series paints a damning picture of the Oscar-winning director, and examines the relationship he had with his young adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow, and the split from her mother Mia.
‘These documentarians had no interest in the truth,’ the statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter read. ‘Instead, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their enablers to put together a hatchet job riddled with falsehoods.
‘As has been known for decades, these allegations are categorically false. Multiple agencies investigated them at the time and found that, whatever Dylan Farrow may have been led to believe, absolutely no abuse had ever taken place.’
Allen claims that he and his wife were approached about the documentary less than two months ago and given ‘only a matter of days’ to respond – but producer Amy Herdy said she had reached out as early as June 2018.
‘I reached out to his rep a few times to try and interview him then – and got crickets back,’ she told Variety, adding that she had confirmed with an assistant that her emails had got through.
Mia Farrow, 76, is seen above during interview with HBO as part of a four-part docuseries Allen v. Farrow. The premier episode aired on Sunday
Farrow recalls her shock at discovering ‘pornographic’ photos of her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn (seen right) taken by her then-boyfriend, Woody Allen (left). Farrow found the photos in Allen’s New York City apartment in January 1992, according to the documentary
The documentary takes an in-depth look at allegations that the Annie Hall director, 85, sexually abused his daughter, Dylan Farrow (seen above in home video footage obtained by HBO)
Woody Allen and his wife, Soon-Yi Previn, were spotted near their home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Friday. The couple released a statement late on Sunday blasting the HBO documentary series as a ‘hatchet job’ that was ‘riddled with falsehoods’
The couple also suggests HBO’s business dealings with his estranged son Ronan Farrow are proof that the documentary is biased in his favor.
The statement continued: ‘It is sadly unsurprising that the network to air this is HBO – which has a standing production deal and business relationship with Ronan Farrow.
‘While this shoddy hit piece may gain attention, it does not change the facts.’
Ronan, an investigative journalist with The New Yorker who won a Pulitzer Prize for his work uncovering sexual assault allegations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein, signed a multi-film production deal with HBO in 2018.
The three-year agreement will have Ronan producing and fronting a series of investigative documentary specials for the cable powerhouse.
Allen declined to be interviewed for the docuseries, though excerpts from his 2020 memoir are cited as a contrast to the allegations. The film includes Allen’s voice as he narrates the audio book version of the memoir, Apropos of Nothing.
Dylan has accused Allen of sexually abusing her in August 1992, when she was only seven years old – an allegation he has always denied.
The documentary draws a line between the alleged abuse of Dylan and Allen’s relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, who is now his wife.
In the film, Mia said the ‘pornographic’ photos of Soon-Yi that she found in Allen’s Manhattan apartment were so explicit that only Hustler magazine would agree to publish them.
Allen declined to be interviewed for the docuseries about his split with Mia, though excerpts from his 2020 memoir are cited as a contrast to the allegations. He is seen left with wife Soon-Yi Previn in July 2016
On Sunday, Ronan Farrow posted a photo on Instagram showing him and his sister, Dylan Farrow, and her child
‘Proud of my sister,’ Ronan wrote in the caption attached to the Instagram photo late on Sunday
FULL STATEMENT BY WOODY ALLEN AND SOON-YI PREVIN
‘These documentarians had no interest in the truth. Instead, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their enablers to put together a hatchet job riddled with falsehoods.
‘Woody and Soon-Yi were approached less than two months ago and given only a matter of days “to respond.”
‘Of course, they declined to do so.
‘As has been known for decades, these allegations are categorically false. Multiple agencies investigated them at the time and found that, whatever Dylan Farrow may have been led to believe, absolutely no abuse had ever taken place.
‘It is sadly unsurprising that the network to air this is HBO – which has a standing production deal and business relationship with Ronan Farrow.
‘While this shoddy hit piece may gain attention, it does not change the facts.’
The Rosemary’s Baby actress, 76, also revealed that she regards her 12-year relationship with Allen as ‘the great regret of my life.’
Allen has vehemently denied any wrongdoing. Authorities in Connecticut and New York looked into the claims and decided not to prosecute Allen.
The explosive documentary by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering includes interviews and never-before-seen footage of the family in the years leading up to the couple’s acrimonious split and the famed director’s marriage to Farrow’s adopted daughter.
‘I remember struggling to breathe,’ Farrow said, recalling her reaction after she found a stack of polaroid photos of Previn, who was a 21-year-old college student at the time, inside Allen’s New York City apartment on January 13, 1992.
Allen was 56 years old when he acknowledged having an affair with Soon-Yi.
‘It was my own child,’ Farrow said of her reaction to seeing the pictures.
Farrow said she took the photos and put them in her pocket and left Allen’s apartment.
‘I don’t think I could push the elevator button,’ she recalled. ‘I was just like shaking.’
Farrow said that she went back to her apartment with Ronan. She then saw Soon-Yi at home.
‘I found the pictures,’ Farrow recalled telling Soon-Yi.
‘What pictures?’ Soon-Yi is said to have responded to Farrow.
‘The pictures that Woody took,’ Farrow said she replied.
Farrow said that they both broke down in tears. She tried to reassure her adopted daughter that it wasn’t her fault, according to the documentary.
‘She was just beside herself,’ Farrow said of Soon-Yi.
A friend of Farrow interviewed in the documentary said that the actress was ‘forgiving’ of Soon-Yi because she felt that she was so young she would have ‘no idea how to resist [Allen’s] overtures.’
Soon afterward, Allen arrived at the apartment.
‘Get out, get out!’ Farrow recalled telling her boyfriend. ‘You gotta get out.’
Mia Farrow’s life has been fraught with drama and tragedy including the deaths of three of her 14 children – one from suicide and another from HIV. She had four biological children and adopted the rest
The image above from the HBO docuseries shows home video footage of Woody Allen and Dylan Farrow
Pictured from left to right: Allen, Dylan, Ronan Farrow, Daisy Previn, Soon Yi Previn, and Moses Farrow with Mia on the far right
The documentary is set to reignite one of the most bitter and public celebrity family scandals that has raged on for the past 30 years. Pictured: Moses Farrow with siblings Dylan and Ronan. Moses has turned against his mother
RONAN FARROW’S 2018 FILM DEAL WITH HBO
Ronan Farrow is seen above in New York City in February 2020
In 2018, Ronan Farrow signed an exclusive three-year deal to produce and front investigative documentary specials for HBO.
Farrow, who had just won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the Harvey Weinstein sex crimes allegations, will focus on creating films that deal with abuse of power by individuals and institutions.
‘Ronan Farrow’s extraordinary, revelatory reporting for the New Yorker has helped to propel a string of other investigations, breakthroughs and overdue conversations,’ said HBO programming president Casey Bloys.
‘His work has contributed to this watershed moment in our culture, and we are excited to provide a platform for this dogged reporter to pursue projects that continue to speak truth to power.’
Farrow said: ‘Over the course of my television and print investigations in recent years, it’s become clear to me that there’s a new generation of viewers seeking out serious, substantive reporting that takes on powerful interests and attacks systemic unfairness that too often is swept under the rug.
‘There’s an extraordinary team at HBO committed to that kind of journalism, I know HBO is the right home for this work, and I can’t wait to get started.’
The 2018 Pulitzer Prize for public service was split between The New York Times and The New Yorker for their investigative reporting on the sexual misconduct allegations of Harvey Weinstein, with Farrow among the three journalists who won the accolade.
Farrow also wrote a book that dug deeper into sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations in the entertainment industry.
The book, Catch and Kill, expanded on his Pulitzer Prize winning story on Weinstein and discussed the extent to which some lawyers will go to silence victims. The title references the idea of a journalist ‘catching’ a story, but then ‘killing’ it by not publishing.
Farrow said Allen was at the apartment for four hours ‘just talking and talking and talking.’
‘I’m in love with Soon-Yi,’ Farrow recalled Allen telling her. ‘I would marry her.’
Then Farrow said that her boyfriend told her: ‘No, I just said that. It was something I thought of in the car. I thought it would make it better if I said… put it that way.
‘No, I love you.’
Farrow said: ‘It was all of that for four hours.’
Allen is said to have told his girlfriend, Mia: ‘I just made a mistake. I lost control.’
‘I didn’t know what to think,’ Mia said in the docuseries. ‘I just needed him to get out.’
Dylan, who was six years old at the time, said that when she came home that day she saw her mother crying while standing in the doorway of Soon-Yi’s bedroom while Soon-Yi was on the floor, also in tears.
Mia said that she consulted a therapist who coached her on how to tell her two young children what had taken place.
‘I remember my mom told me and Ronan: “Daddy took naked pictures of Soon-Yi”,’ Dylan said.
‘That was sort of the first instance that I thought, “Oh, it’s not just me”.’
Earlier in the episode, Mia told the filmmakers of her relationship with Allen: ‘That’s the great regret of my life, that I wasn’t perceptive enough.
‘It’s my fault.’
She added: ‘I brought this guy into my family. There’s nothing I can do to take that away.’
Mia also said she understood why many of Allen’s fans find it difficult to believe the explosive claims made against one of Hollywood’s most renowned directors.
‘I get why people can’t believe it because who on Earth could believe that of Woody Allen?’ Mia said.
‘I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it. Everybody admired Woody so much, loved him, and I did too.’
Mia adopted Soon-Yi Previn from an orphanage in Korea in 1977 with her former husband, composer André Previn.
Previn was 21 years old when news broke of the affair and the subsequent family conflict morphed into a media frenzy that topped national headlines. Allen and Previn have now been married more than 20 years.
In 1993, Mia Farrow won custody of the couple’s three children: Dylan, Moses and Ronan.
Allen was denied all visitation rights with Dylan.
Mia Farrow shot to fame thanks to her performance in Roman Polanski’s 1968 horror movie Rosemary’s Baby.
Two years later, after moving in with Andrew Previn and his wife Dory, she got pregnant with Previn’s twins.
Mia married Previn and had another son Fletcher Previn.
In total Mia gave birth to four children and adopted 10 for a total of 14 children between 1970 and 1995.
Three of them have since died. Lark Previn fell into a life of drugs and died of AIDS at 35, and Thaddeus Wilk Farrow committed suicide at age 27 in 2016.
A third, Tam, who was blind is said to have died of an accidental overdose in 2000, but Mia’s son Moses contends that she too killed herself deliberately.
Dylan, now 35, speaks in detail on camera for the first time about the alleged abuse and in a home video shot by Mia in 1992, the then-7-year-old says Allen told her ‘Do not move, I have to do this,’ as he ‘touched her private parts’ in the attic of Frog Hollow, Farrow’s rambling home in Bridgewater, Connecticut on August 4 1992.
The alleged abuse occurred seven months after Mia had discovered Allen’s affair with Soon-Yi.
Despite their growing enmity she still let him inside her house and left him with her children and nannies while she went on a shopping spree.
She even told Moses, her oldest adopted son, to keep an eye on Allen to make sure he didn’t do anything inappropriate.
Moses was 14 at the time.
Farrow’s children are split about what happened. Ronan Farrow – the only biological child of Allen and Farrow – strongly supports his mother.
Moses turned against her with a scathing essay in 2018, in which he said Mia had drilled into the children’s heads that Allen was ‘evil,’ ‘a monster,’ ‘the devil,’ and Soon-Yi was ‘dead to us.’
‘My mother was our only source of information about Woody — and she was extremely convincing,’ wrote Moses, now 43.
TIMELINE OF THE WOODY-MIA SAGA
1977: Mia Farrow and her second husband, composer Andre Previn, adopt Soon-Yi, who was seven years old at the time, from South Korea.
The couple already had three biological sons – Matthew, Sascha, and Fletcher – and two adopted daughters – Lark and Daisy.
1979: Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, who recently divorced from Previn, meet for the first time.
July 1982: The first of 13 films in which Allen and Farrow starred together, A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy, is released.
1980: Mia Farrow adopts Moses Farrow, 2, from South Korea. Moses is Mia’s seventh child and first adopted after she divorced Previn.
July 1985: Mia Farrow adopts infant daughter Dylan, who was born in Texas.
December 1987: Mia Farrow gives birth to a son, Satchel, who eventually is known as Ronan. Allen is presumed to be the father though rumors have swirled that the child actually belongs to Mia’s first husband, singer Frank Sinatra.
December 1991: Allen officially adopts Dylan and Moses.
January 1992: Mia Farrow discovers nude photographs of Soon-Yi in Allen’s apartment.
August, 4 1992: Dylan claims Allen sexually abused her on August 4 when she was seven years old. Mia Farrow films her daughter on camera discussing the alleged abuse.
August 13, 1992: Allen files suit against Mia Farrow seeking custody of Ronan, Dylan, and Moses.
August 17, 1992: Allen gives a statement to the press confirming his relationship with Soon-Yi.
August 18, 1992: Allen denies child molestation allegations, calling them ‘false and outrageous.’
September 18, 1992: The last film Allen and Farrow did together, Husbands and Wives, is released in the United States.
June 1993: Mia Farrow wins custody of Ronan, Dylan, and Moses. Allen is denied visitation rights with Dylan.
September 1993: Connecticut state attorney says there’s ‘probably cause’ to charge Allen but declines to do so in order to spare Dylan the trauma of a court appearance
December 23, 1997: Allen and Soon-Yi wed in Venice, Italy.
February 1, 2014: Dylan writes open letter accusing Allen of sexually assaulting her.
February 5, 2014: Moses defends his father in an interview with People magazine and accuses his mother of physically abusing him as a child. He also alleges Dylan was coached by Mia ‘as a vengeful way to pay him back for falling in love with Soon-Yi.’
He said Woody and Soon-Yi hardly knew each other until shortly before their affair started in 1991.
Soon-Yi herself said Woody was never a father-figure, just her mother’s boyfriend. She also accused Mia of having violent rages, even hitting her across the head with a chair, causing her to lose partial hearing.
Moses wrote: ‘It was my mother who first suggested, when Soon-Yi was 20, that Woody reach out and spend time with her. He agreed and started taking her to Knicks games. That’s how their romance started.
‘Yes, it was unorthodox, uncomfortable, disruptive to our family and it hurt my mother terribly. But the relationship itself was not nearly as devastating to our family as my mother’s insistence on making this betrayal the center of all our lives from then on.’
Allen has always maintained his innocence, claiming that Dylan either fabricated the abuse allegation or was coached by Mia because of her jealousy about his relationship with Soon-Yi.
Authorities in Connecticut found there was probable cause to charge Allen with first- and fourth-degree sexual abuse for penetrating Dylan both vaginally and anally but decided against charging him ‘to avoid the unjustifiable risk of exposing a child to the rigors and uncertainties of a questionable prosecution.’
Among the accusations against Allen was that he rubbed lotion between Dylan’s buttocks and he kissed her all over so much that her body was wet with his slobber.
He allegedly slept in the same bed as her wearing just jockey shorts and would have her suck on his finger.
Dylan is said to have asked her mother: ‘Why does daddy act like a boyfriend to me?’ and when the children were playing a game of Robin Hood, she took the role of Maid Marion but insisted that the boys were all Friar Tuck not Robin because ‘I don’t want any boyfriends or love games.’
Mia tried to warn Woody away from Dylan, sticking a note on his door saying he had ‘molded one daughter and now had his eye on another.’
Moses ridiculed his sister’s account that Allen told her to lay on her stomach and play with her brother’s electric train set.
‘Then he sexually assaulted me,’ claimed Dylan. ‘He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies.’
‘I remember staring at that toy train, focusing on it as it traveled in its circle around the attic. To this day, I find it difficult to look at toy trains.’
Moses said: ‘It’s a precise and compelling narrative, but there’s a major problem: there was no electric train set in that attic. There was, in fact, no way for kids to play up there, even if we had wanted to.
‘It was an unfinished crawl space, under a steeply angled gabled roof, with exposed nails and floorboards, billows of fiberglass insulation, filled with mousetraps and droppings and stinking of mothballs, and crammed with trunks full of hand-me-down clothes and my mother’s old wardrobes.
‘The idea that the space could possibly have accommodated a functioning electric train set, circling around the attic, is ridiculous.’
But Ronan takes the exact opposite position to his older brother.
When the Golden Globes honored Allen with a montage of his work in 2014, Ronan tweeted: ‘Missed the Woody Allen tribute — did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?’
Two years later he wrote in the Hollywood Reporter: ‘I believe my sister. This was always true as a brother who trusted her, and, even at 5 years old, was troubled by our father’s strange behavior around her: climbing into her bed in the middle of the night, forcing her to suck his thumb — behavior that had prompted him to enter into therapy focused on his inappropriate conduct with children prior to the allegations.
‘But more importantly, I’ve approached the case as an attorney and a reporter, and found her allegations to be credible. The facts are persuasive and well documented.’
Whatever the truth, Allen’s career has now crashed — although it took years for it to happen. After he was first accused of assaulting Dylan he was nominated for nine Oscars, winning one for best original screenplay for 2012’s Midnight in Paris.
But over the past couple of years, he has found it increasingly difficult to get funding or distribution for his movies and other projects. Amazon pulled out of a $54 million, four-picture deal. Hachette dropped his memoir.
He told The Mail on Sunday last year: ‘I don’t feel vindicated because that is to imply I was concerned and — I don’t wish to seem callous — but I am not. Of course, I am aware I am the subject of gossip and scandal, but I cannot let it bother me. I live my life. I work. I play jazz. I watch sports. I see my friends. I don’t look up and I don’t read anything.’
All of Mia Farrow’s 14 adopted and biological children
Mia and Andre Previn pictured with Matthew and Sascha in 1971
Twins Matthew and Sascha Previn are Mia’s first biological children born in 1970 with composer Andre Previn. Matthew is now a lawyer and Sascha graduated from Fordham University.
Lark Song Previn was adopted in 1973 by Mia and Andre Previn. She was the first adopted child of the family. Lark died at age 35 in 2008 due to HIV or AIDs. Lark made headlines when she and her sister Daisy were arrested for shoplifting Christian Dior lingerie from a store in Connecticut.
Fletcher Previn was born in 1974 and is the third biological child of Mia and Andre Previn. He is believed to not have had a good relationship with Woody Allen.
Summer ‘Daisy’ Song Previn was adopted in 1976 by Mia and André. Faisy and Lark made headlines when they were arrested for shoplifting Christian Dior lingerie from a store in Connecticut.
Soon-Yi Previn was adopted in 1978 from Korea by Mia and Andre. Mia split with Woody Allen in 1992, after she found out he was having an affair with Soon-Yi. Allen and Soon-Yi later married and have been together ever since.
Moses Farrow was adopted in 1980 by Mia and Woody Allen. He has spoken out about his mother and claims that she ‘brainwashed’ the children into believing Woody abused Dylan.
Fletcher Previn and Mia are pictured in 2013 together
Summer ‘Daisy’ song Previn and Lark Previn are pictured with Mia in 1991 (left)
Moses and Mia Farrow pictured in March 2002
Ronan Farrow and Mia Farrow pictured in New York City in an undated photo
Dylan Farrow was adopted in 1985 and co-adopted by Woody Allen. She claims she was sexually abused by Allen as a seven-year-old girl.
Satchel ‘Ronan’ O’Sullivan Farrow was born in 1997 and is the youngest of the four boys that Mia gave birth to. He is the only biological child of Mia and Woody Allen although there has been speculation that Ronan is actually the love child of Mia and Frank Sinatra. He is now a journalist who broke the story of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault allegations.
Tam Farrow was adopted in 1992 from Vietnam and was blind. She was adopted just a month after the affair between Woody and Soon-Yi became known. Reports cite an accidental overdose and heart failure due as her cause of death in 2000, although Moses said she killed herself deliberately.
Isaiah Farrow was adopted in 1992 by Mia solely.
Quincy Farrow was adopted in 1994 by Mia solely.
Mia with her children at the Anne Frank Center June 12, 1996 in New York City
Mia Farrow puts her arm around her adopted son Thaddeus as they participate in the global summit on polio eradication Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000
Thaddeus Wilk Farrow was adopted in 1994 from India. He was a paraplegic and named Thaddeus Wilk in honor of judge Elliott Wilk who helped Mia win custory against Woody Allen. Thaddeus died of a self inflicted gunshot wound in 2016 at age 27.
Frankie-Minh Farrow was the last adopted Farrow child and was taken in in 1995. He is believed to have been named after Frank Sinatra.
Former model who features in explosive new Woody Allen documentary says the Hollywood director seduced her when she was 16… and he was 41
By Barbara McMahon for the Daily Mail
Christina Engelhardt was only 16 when she first met Woody Allen in a New York restaurant.
At the time, she was a blonde high school student with green eyes, a figure that had won her a few modelling contracts and a dream in her heart of being famous.
He was 41, had already had a hit with the film Sleeper and would soon release Annie Hall and Manhattan, two of his greatest films.
In the latter he played a middle-aged man in a relationship with a 17-year-old high school girl, played by actress Mariel Hemingway, who was then aged 16.
Only now, four decades after the film premiered, can Christina see the cruel irony of the storyline that captivated generations.
‘The film always reminded me of how he played with characters in his movies, and how he played with me,’ says Christina today.
Christina Engelhardt (pictured recently) was only 16 when she first met Woody Allen in a New York restaurant.
For after that first restaurant rendezvous, she claims she went on to have a clandestine eight-year relationship with the Hollywood director, under the nose of — and indeed, she says, with the full but reluctant knowledge of — his then long-term partner, Mia Farrow.
Allen never mentioned her young age —despite their 25-year age gap — and from the beginning he laid down rules that they would not discuss his work and would meet only at his place.
Christina feels it was a crude and cruel introduction to the world of relationships for a young girl and, for many years, she refused to see herself as a victim.
Young, ambitious, starstruck and entirely smitten with her famous ‘boyfriend’, it’s only now, as an adult, that she says she can see how she was manipulated.
‘The fact that I was a teenager was never mentioned, and that was actually very clever because it made me feel adult-like.
‘He would ask me questions — what did I think about this and what did I think about that — and I was thrilled that he wanted my opinion.
‘To me, that was exciting, to be seen not just for being attractive. I thought he cared for my mind as well as my body,’ she says, ruefully. ‘But he never took me out to dinner or on a date, not once.’
Christina, now an attractive and bubbly 61-year-old divorced mother of two adult daughters, is one of the voices in a new HBO documentary, Allen v Farrow, which chronicles troubling claims about the Hollywood legend’s sexual history.
It brings fresh scrutiny to some of the serious allegations that have been levelled against him for decades and examines his apparent predilection for young women.
In Manhattan he played a middle-aged man in a relationship with a 17-year-old high school girl, played by actress Mariel Hemingway, who was then aged 16 (pictured)
Secretly made over three years by respected filmmakers known for uncovering new evidence and aggressively holding alleged sexual predators to account, the documentary has led to questions about whether this will finally see the director hounded out of Hollywood for good, and his films shunned for ever.
The four hour-long instalments examines his marriage to Soon-Yi Previn, the Korean-born adopted daughter of his former partner Mia Farrow whom he met when she was ten and accusations — which Allen has always denied — that he molested another of Farrow’s adopted daughters, Dylan, when she was seven.
In particular, Allen v Farrow allows Dylan, now a 35-year-old mother of two, to tell her side of a deeply troubling story, claiming that a little girl never received justice and the film director has not been fully held to account.
It also highlights what ‘girlfriends’ such as Christina have long claimed — which is that the Oscar-winning director’s interest in portraying deep infatuations between teenage girls and older men in his films mirrored his penchant for young women in real life.
Christina tells me how she would regularly take a two-hour bus trip from her parents’ home in New Jersey for ‘dates’ with the esteemed director at his home — but, by her account, their relationship was far from any young girl’s dream of romance.
‘I never once stayed overnight. It was only for a couple of hours, including sex. A glass of wine, a little chit-chat, a game of chess and some sex. Then it was always, “OK. Time to go. Next time, you’re in the city, let me know.” ’
The vulnerable teenager said she was hurt and confused by the secret nature of their relationship, evidenced by the fact that Allen wouldn’t even take her out for a meal.
Engelhardt (modelling in 1977) claims she went on to have a clandestine eight-year relationship with the Hollywood director, under the nose of — and indeed, she says, with the full but reluctant knowledge of — his then long-term partner, Mia Farrow.
‘I gave him a hundred opportunities to say, “Hey, let’s go out to dinner” and I think that’s where my low self-esteem came in. I thought that maybe if I was more interesting and accomplished, then things would change. It felt very unrequited. I was only 16 and felt flattered that someone as talented and witty as Woody was interested in me.’
There are other, sadder, memories. She recalls turning up, unannounced, to the New York jazz club where Allen, an amateur clarinettist, would play once a week.
One can only imagine what Allen must have thought, seeing his secret teenage mistress in the crowd, when he was cranking out tunes with his jazz friends.
‘He would give me a hug like I was a good friend. I’d sit and watch him perform but I was on my own. He never introduced me as his girlfriend.’
Yet, according to allegations made in the HBO series, which is now available to watch in the U.S., even darker events would take place in Allen’s life.
It questions whether Allen ‘groomed’ Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi while she was still in high school, though Allen and Soon-Yi, who are now a couple, have always said that their affair began when she was older.
It features testimony from Dylan, who first accused her adopted father in 1992 of abusing her — allegations he has always denied, suggesting they may have been fabricated under Mia’s influence.
The most compelling is never-before-seen film, shot by her mother on the family’s camcorder, of the then seven-year-old Dylan describing what happened when Allen took her to ‘hide’ in an attic of Farrow’s Connecticut country home and touched her ‘private parts’. The little girl looks visibly upset and angry.
There’s testimony from the adult Dylan and other family members claiming Allen showed ‘obsessive interest’ in her, cajoling her into sucking his thumb and ignoring the other children in the family to spend time with her.
The four hour-long instalments examines his marriage to Soon-Yi Previn (pictured together), the Korean-born adopted daughter of his former partner Mia Farrow whom he met when she was ten and accusations — which Allen has always denied
Interviews with former babysitters and with child welfare workers and law enforcement who were involved in Allen’s 1992 failed custody suit against Mia Farrow paint a pattern of inappropriate behaviour with the child.
Allen is not interviewed in the documentary. Instead, the filmmakers had to rely on excerpts from his controversial audio book released in 2020 called Apropos Of Nothing, in which he gives his version of one accusation that he was spotted with his head in young Dylan’s lap.
‘While Mia had gone shopping, after explaining to everyone that I had to be watched carefully, all the kids and the babysitters were in the den watching TV, a room full of people. There were no seats for me, so I sat on the floor and might have leaned my head back on the sofa on Dylan’s lap for a moment. I certainly didn’t do anything improper to her.’
For her part, Christina believes she got caught up in Allen’s sexual vortex because she was both ambitious and in awe of him.
Many groomers of teenagers focus on vulnerability and low self-esteem — and she was no exception. ‘Predators see that lack of confidence in young people and take advantage of it.
‘I thought I was special to him, but I ended up feeling like his plaything, like a toy, and that’s all I was. He wasn’t the person I thought. I gave him the benefit of the doubt because I thought he was a genius.’
Her parents knew she was seeing Allen, now 85, because he would call her at home, but they didn’t know their daughter was sleeping with him. ‘When he called, I would just say, “Oh, that’s my director friend.” ’ About a year into their relationship, Christina claims Allen introduced her to other young girls for threesomes. ‘I thought it was part of life’s experience and I went along with it, yes,’ she says.
When she first saw Manhattan in 1979, she says she cried. The storyline took her completely by surprise: ‘I said to Woody, later, “Wow that resembles me” and he laughed and said, “Does it?” I felt like he’d taken fragments of me and put them in the film.’
Allen (pictured) never mentioned Christina’s young age —despite their 25-year age gap — and from the beginning he laid down rules that they would not discuss his work and would meet only at his place
Four years into their relationship, on one of Christina’s trips into New York, Allen sounded excited when she arrived at his place. ‘He introduced me to Mia Farrow and said, “I want you to meet my girlfriend” and I remember thinking, “I’m not your girlfriend”. I could see then that I was nothing [to him] but Mia was so kind and so nice. She was wonderful.’
The star of 1968 film Rosemary’s Baby was 16 years her senior and the two women grew to like each other, so much so, they took part in threesomes, Christina alleges.
‘We were his two favourite girls and he was very much the director in that situation. I think Mia was under his spell, too. If you’re in a happy and healthy relationship, you don’t have to bring a third person in.’
The final straw for Christina came when Allen refused to help her with her acting career. She left the U.S. in 1983 and went to work in Rome.
Along with the rest of the world, Christina says she was shocked when she heard about Allen’s relationship with Soon-Yi Previn.
Mia Farrow discovered naked photos of her then college-age adopted daughter in Allen’s apartment and Allen admitted the affair as part of his defence against the abuse allegations.
Allen and Soon-Yi married in Venice in 1997 and have two adopted daughters. Christina says: ‘I believe he only married Soon-Yi because he got such bad press. I think it was going to be a fun little secret and he married her because it made him look legit. I really hope they are happy together.’
As for Dylan’s shocking allegations of molestation when she was a child, Christina says only she and Allen know what really happened.
Each episode of the documentary ends with Allen’s categorical denial that he has ever been violent or sexually abusive towards Dylan, or behaved inappropriately with any teenage girls.
‘She’s never changed her story and I think she should be given the benefit of the doubt,’ says Christina. ‘I do believe something inappropriate went on.’ As for Christina’s romance with the film director, she adds: ‘I don’t regret that it happened, but I regret I let it go on for so long.
‘I’ve never doubted that he’s witty and talented but it’s disappointing to put someone on a pedestal, artistically and intellectually, and then they let you down, badly.
‘I feel like he’s dug his own grave and I’m sorry that he didn’t think of the consequences of the choices he has made.’
‘I didn’t want him to do it mama.’ Seven-year-old Dylan Farrow describes how adoptive father Woody Allen ‘touched her private parts’ and ‘cuddled’ her in never-before-seen home video featured in damning new documentary
By Daniel Bates for DailyMail.com
Dylan Farrow is heard describing how her adoptive father Woody Allen allegedly ‘touched her private parts’, in a never-before-seen 1992 home video featured in the new HBO documentary about the embattled filmmaker.
In the video shot by adoptive mother Mia Farrow as proof of the incident, seven-year-old Dylan claims the Oscar-winning director told her: ‘Do not move, I have to do this,’ as he touched her in the attic of the family’s country home.
‘I didn’t want him to do it, mama,’ she’s heard telling her mother of the incident. ‘I didn’t like it.’
New HBO documentary, Allen v. Farrow, features never-before-seen home videos of Dylan Farrow (pictured in Allen’s arms) describing how Woody Allen allegedly abused her. Pictured from left to right: Allen, Dylan, Ronan Farrow, Daisy Previn, Soon Yi Previn, and Moses Farrow
Dylan, now 35, who has publicly spoken out against her adoptive father in the past, recounts early incidents of abuse (pictured in a home video with brother Ronan Farrow and their father)
Mia, 76, who split from Allen first accused the Oscar-winning director of molesting their adoptive daughter as a child in 1992, which he has strongly denied. (Mia with Dylan in 2016)
Mia’s split from Allen and her sexual abuse charges against him in 1992, came after she discovered explicit photos of her daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, whom she adopted with ex-husband Andre Previn in 1977, at Allen’s home.
Allen has always strongly maintained his innocence, claiming that Dylan fabricated the allegations of abuse or that she had been coached by Mia who he claimed was jealous of his relationship with Soon-Yi.
Mia and Allen had been together since 1979, when his career had taken off thanks to hit films Annie Hall and Manhattan, and after she became an A-list actress following her breakout role in Rosemary’s Baby.
That all changed 13 years later when Allen, then 55, and Soon-Yi, then 21, were caught having an affair, which the series claims had been going on since she was in high school.
In the documentary, Dylan recalls how Mia told her and her brother Ronan Farrow that ‘Daddy took naked pictures of Soon-Yi.’
‘And that was sort of the first instance where I thought, “Oh… it’s not just me”,’ Dylan says.
The documentary claims that testimony from Allen’s doorman during the couple’s custody battle showed that Soon-Yi was visiting him at his home when she was in high school and on her lunch breaks.
Allen’s maid also talked about cleaning up condoms and making the bed after Soon-Yi left.
Soon-Yi would later marry Allen in 1997 and remains with him to this day despite the 34-year age gap.
Allegations against Allen emerged after Farrow discovered he was having an affair with her adoptive daughter Soon-Yi (pictured in 2016) which the documentary claims had been going on since she was in high school. The two remain together to this day despite their 34-year age gap
But that was not the only betrayal that Mia and Dylan allege in the series.
Mia claims it was Allen who suggested they adopt ‘a cute blond girl’, so she adopted Dylan from Texas shortly after she was born in 1985.
Dylan in the series, describes how from the 1987 birth of her brother Ronan Farrow, the journalist whose 2017 bombshell report about Harvey Weinstein kickstarted the MeToo movement, Allen began to take her away from her mother even when she wanted to stay.
She says that Allen was ‘very slowly instilling the idea in my head she [Mia] was more [Ronan’s] parent, he was more my parent, I was daddy’s girl’.
As a child she ‘worshiped’ Allen and his humor made her ‘feel so special’, Dylan says in the documentary.
She says that Allen was like a ‘magnet’ to her and showered her with ‘intense affection all the time’.
‘I was always in his clutches. He was always hunting me,’ she adds.
Family members also describe how Dylan began locking herself in the bathroom whenever Allen would come over or how she pretended to be a dead animal so she couldn’t talk.
Recounting the early incidents of abuse, Dylan says she has ‘very vivid snapshots, different places, mostly a window with a feeling attached’.
‘I remember sitting on the edge of his bed,’ she says. ‘The light in the room, the satin sheets. There were clarinet reeds. I have memories of getting into bed with him.
‘He was in his underwear, I’m in my underwear cuddling. I remember his breath on me. He would just wrap his body around me, very intimately’.
‘I would suddenly walk in and there she would be in his bed with him in his underwear,’ Mia says in the series.
‘Sometimes he would also kneel in front of her or sit next to her and put his face in her lap which I caught a couple of times and I didn’t think that was right’.
Mia Farrow (seen in the documentary) recorded seven-year-old Dylan on camera speaking of two incidents, one on the couch and a second in the attic, of when Allen allegedly touched her
Mia (pictured) recalled how she would sometimes see Allen put his face in Dylan’s (pictured) lap, which she didn’t think ‘was right’
Tisa Farrow, Mia’s sister, recounts a chilling instance when Allen allegedly was putting sunscreen on Dylan’s back and his hand went down between her buttocks and ‘kind of lingered’.
‘[His hand] suggestively went between her buttock cheeks with his finger and then came back. Mia saw it too and snatched the sunscreen away,’ she says.
Allen is also said to have taught Dylan to suck his thumb and when asked about it by a family friend he claimed it ‘calms her down’.
‘I remember sitting on the steps with him in the country house. There was nobody else around, and he was directing me on how to suck his thumb – telling me what to do with my tongue, and I think that lasted a while. It felt like a long time,’ Dylan says.
Mia found the pictures of Soon-Yi in January 1992, but she couldn’t cut Allen out of her life completely because she was conflicted and loved him and because he had adopted her and her brother Moses, she says in the series.
But things took a turn in August that year, following an incident at her home in Connecticut.
Allen arrived one day while Mia was out and went straight to Dylan. Suddenly everyone realized that Allen and Dylan were missing and they were not found for 20 minutes.
The next day, family friend Casey Pascal told Mia that a babysitter in the house said she saw Dylan sitting on the couch with Allen ‘kneeling on the floor with his head buried in her lap’.
‘She said she felt she’d walked in on a very adult situation and realized it was a child and she was horrified to the core. She said Dylan was staring off into space and Woody’s face was in her lap,’ Pascal said.
‘I remembered she [Dylan] had not had any underpants on [afterwards]. She was sitting next to me. I said to her: “Did this happen, did daddy have his face in your lap yesterday?” She said yes,’ Mia added.
The documentary is set to reignite one of the most bitter and public celebrity family scandals that has raged on for the past 30 years. Pictured: Moses Farrow with siblings Dylan and Ronan
After the birth of her brother Ronan Farrow (right) Dylan claimed Allen was ‘very slowly instilling the idea in my head she [Mia] was more [Ronan’s] parent, he was more my parent, I was daddy’s girl’
Mia got her video camera out and recorded Dylan as she asked her about what happened. There appear to have been two incidents, one on the couch and a second in the attic.
While talking about the first, Dylan says: ‘He touched [my] privates and then he was breathing on my leg. And then, this [where I mean] he squeezed me too hard that I couldn’t breathe’.
Mia asks: ‘What do you mean he touched your privates? Where did he touch you?’ Dylan, who was lying on her front, then motions toward her behind.
In another video, Dylan addresses what happened when Allen took her to the attic.
‘He said: “What about some father-daughter time?” And then I said: “Well, OK.”
‘We went into your [Mia’s] room and we went into the attic. Then he started telling me weird things. Then he went behind me and touched my privates,’ Dylan says.
In the video, Mia asks: ‘Which privates did he touch?’
Dylan, who is sitting down on a bed, points to her private parts and says: ‘This part’.
Dylan herself publicly accused Allen of abuse, years after the allegations first emerged, in a letter published on The New York Times in 2014
‘He touched your front part?’ Mia asks again, to which Dylan replies: ‘yeah’.
In another part of the video Mia asks: ‘Do you wanna tell me what things daddy said in the attic when you were in the attic?’
Dylan replies saying he had told her: ‘Do not move, I have to do this.’
‘But I wiggled my bum to see what he was doing,’ she says. ‘He said: “Don’t move I have to do this. If you stay still we can go to Paris”.’
Dylan added that Allen told her: ‘Because this way you could be in my movie, if I do this’.
‘I didn’t want him to do it, mama. I didn’t like it….I don’t want to talk about it,’ the youngster tells Mia.
Speaking as an adult, Dylan recalls being in the attic with Allen saying: ‘Then he sexually assaulted me. And I remember just focusing on my brother’s train set. And then… he just stopped. He was done. And we just went downstairs.’
‘I am that little girl on the tape. So… it’s a very vulnerable part of me, and a very… a very hurt part of me. There’s a lot of… That little girl is in a lot of pain,’ she says as she reflects on the video of her when she is seven.
Priscilla Gilman, Dylan’s friend at the time, also recalls how Allen ‘followed Dylan wherever she went’ and would hover over her silently.
‘He would come, and she would run away from the door, and say: “Hide me! Hide me!”‘ Gilman says.
‘At first, I thought it was like a game, but then I realized she actually sensed this kind of smothering energy from him.’
The documentary includes phone calls between Allen and Mia that she secretly taped, including conversations in the aftermath of the incident.
‘If I have a shred of belief left in you, then help me now. Tell me where you were for those 20 minutes,’ she asks Allen, who replies: ‘All the details when the time comes…’
Dylan, pictured in the series, recounted how she was ‘always in [Allen’s clutches’ as a child, and how he made her feel ‘so special’
In one conversation, Mia is heard talking about Dylan saying: ‘She’s not alright, Woody. She walks around the house holding her vagina. She sleeps with me. She’s scared of you and you’ve hurt her’.
Mia then breaks down in tears as sh says: ‘I feel guilty I wasn’t there to protect her.
‘She said, “Mommy, you didn’t help. Daddy shouldn’t have done that. He shouldn’t have hurt me like that.” If you heard her you would weep inside and you would just want to be dead because I don’t know how you can live with what you did’.
After the incident Mia took Dylan to a pediatrician to have it on record what Allen had allegedly done and after the appointment the doctor informed the police.
The Connecticut State Police and child welfare services in New York began investigations but Allen was not prosecuted.
In the Connecticut case, a psychological report prepared by the Yale New Haven Hospital child sexual abuse clinic – which the documentary argues was deeply flawed – said that Dylan was not a reliable witness.
Allen refused to take a polygraph with a police officer and offered up his own, privately done one instead.
Prosecutors found there was probable cause to issue an arrest warrant for 1st and 4th degree sexual assault of a minor
But they decided not to move forward with the case because of Dylan’s mentality fragility and her young age.
Farrow’s adopted son Moses (pictured) said in an interview with People magazine that Mia had been abusive to him growing up, which she denied. He has also defended his father against the abuse allegations against him
In the New York case, the lead investigator was fired for supposedly not following orders then given his job back after he took the authorities to court.
Documents unearthed by the documentary show that child welfare officials wrote in a report that ‘with high profile cases it is customary for the ‘big wigs’ to take over and we do nothing’.
Allen sued Mia for custody of Dylan and her adopted son Moses – he had become the adopted father to both of them – but after a high profile case a judge ruled against him.
The story largely stayed out of the headlines until 2014 when Ronan fired off an angry tweet to the Golden Globes where his father was being venerated.
It said: ‘Missed the Woody Allen tribute – did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?’
For Dylan it was a turning point and she wrote an open letter to The New York Times and a piece for Vanity Fair making the allegations about her father anew.
But her comments sparked a backlash from Moses who said in an interview with People magazine that Mia had been abusive to him growing up, allegations she strongly denies.
In the interview Moses said: ‘My mother drummed it into me to hate my father for tearing apart the family and sexually molesting my sister. And I hated him for her for years. I see now that this was a vengeful way to pay him back for falling in love with Soon-Yi’.
It took years before Hollywood finally began to pay attention and Allen was effectively blacklisted and no producers picked up his 2019 romantic comedy, A Rainy Day in New York, though it made $22million abroad.
As Allen was being shunned, Soon-Yi broke her decades-long silence to brand Mia a ‘nasty, mean person’ and claimed she abused her when she was a child.
Speaking to New York magazine, she alleged that Mia used to slap her across the face, spank her with a hairbrush and threatened to send her to a mental asylum.
But Soon-Yi also admitted that marrying Allen was a ‘huge betrayal and there was ‘no justification’ for it.
Painting Allen as the real victim, she said: ‘What’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust.
‘[Mia] has taken advantage of the MeToo movement and paraded Dylan as a victim. And a whole new generation is hearing about it when they shouldn’t’.
Allen wrote extensively about Mia in his recent memoir ‘Apropos of Nothing’, which was dropped from publishers Hachette after a staff walkout.
In the book he called her disturbed and claims she ‘psychologically and corporally’ abused her children into ‘submissive obedience’.
In a queasy passage, Allen says that despite being old enough to be Previn’s father, when they first met she was ‘ready to ripen superbly if only someone would show her some love’.
He says that in the early days of their relationship ‘lust reigned supreme and we couldn’t keep our hands off each other’.
Addressing the allegations about Dylan, he wrote: ‘I never laid a finger on Dylan, never did anything to her that could be even misconstrued as abusing her; it was a total fabrication from start to finish, every subatomic particle of it’.
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