Mia Farrow accused her ex-boyfriend Woody Allen of spreading ‘horrible lies’ about her being an unfit mother during their custody battle in the early 1990s when the famed director vowed that he would ‘make them stick.’
The Rosemary’s Baby actress made the allegation in the third episode of the explosive HBO documentary series Allen v. Farrow, which airs this Sunday night at 9pm Eastern Time on the cable powerhouse.
The four-part docu series explores allegations Allen, the iconic filmmaker, sexually abused his daughter Dylan Farrow when she was seven years of age. Allen has vehemently denied the allegations and was never prosecuted.
After the first episode aired last month, 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.
Mia Farrow (seen above in the HBO documentary series Allen v. Farrow) accused Woody Allen of spreading ‘horrible lies’ about her being an unfit mother
In 1992, Allen sued his ex-girlfriend, Farrow, for custody of their three children – two of whom were adopted and one they had together. Farrow is seen far left holding their son, Satchell (who would later be known as Ronan)
Allen admitted to Farrow that he was having an affair with her then-22-year-old adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. The two have been married since 1997. Last month, the couple released a statement blasting the HBO film as a ‘hatchet job’ that was ‘riddled with falsehoods’
In an excerpt from the third episode obtained by The Daily Beast, Mia tells HBO of the ‘horrible lies’ that Allen told as they fought for custody of their children – Dylan, Moses Farrow, and Satchel (now Ronan) Farrow.
‘I also faced losing all of my children, because if Woody were believed that I was a horrible mother, what would have happened to all the other adopted children in the family?’ Mia says in the excerpt.
‘I mean, there was a lot to lose.’
The short teaser also includes an exchange that Mia and Allen had on the phone.
In the tape-recorded phone call, Mia is heard telling Allen: ‘You brought charges against me as an unfit mother.’
Allen is then heard responding: ‘And I’m gonna make ‘em stick.’
To which Mia replies: ‘Woody, don’t do this. Don’t try this. Don’t do this. I don’t deserve it.’
WOODY ALLEN’S CUSTODY FIGHT WITH MIA FARROW – A TIMELINE
Woody Allen and Mia Farrow are seen above with their two children Dylan and Satchel in this undated file photo
December 18, 1991 – Woody Allen formally adopts Moses, 15, and Dylan, 7.
January 13, 1992 – Mia Farrow takes Satchel (who would later be called Ronan), 5, her biological son with Allen, to visit his father at his Fifth Avenue apartment.
There she finds photographs of Soon-Yi Previn, 22, her oldest adopted daughter, posing naked in Allen’s home.
February 3, 1992 – Allen and Farrow sign agreement in which Allen agrees to waive custodial rights to Moses, Dylan and Satchel.
February 14, 1992 – Farrow, expressing anger and hurt, sends Allen a homemade Valentine with a steak knife through it and with meat skewers through the chests of photographs of her children.
August 4, 1992 – Allen visits Farrow’s Bridgewater, Connecticut country house where a babysitter for a Farrow friend reports seeing Allen with his head in Dylan’s lap in living room; Farrow says she subsequently videotapes Dylan accusing Allen of sexually molesting her.
August 13, 1992 – Allen files for custody of Moses, Dylan and Satchel, charging that Farrow is ‘an unfit mother.’
August 17, 1992 – Allen acknowledges his romance with Previn, saying, ‘It’s real and happily all true.’
March 17, 1993 – Three sex-abuse experts at Yale-New Haven Hospital report they don’t believe Allen sexually molested Dylan.
March 19, 1993 – Trial for custody of Moses, Dylan and Satchel begins in New York City before Justice Elliott Wilk.
March 23, 1993 – Farrow’s camp discloses letter from Moses in which he denounces Allen for his behavior and exhorts him to commit suicide.
March 23, 1993 – Allen testifies ‘I screwed up’ when he started affair with Previn; says he would be willing to drop Previn for the good of the younger children.
March 25, 1993 – Farrow testifies she hit Previn after learning of affair.
June 7, 1993 – Wilk rules that Farrow will keep custody of the children.
Allen is seen above with Farrow’s adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. In 1992, Farrow found explicit photos of Previn in Allen’s New York City apartment
In August 1992, Allen filed a lawsuit against Mia demanding custody of their three children.
The lawsuit was filed after the filmmaker admitted a love affair with Mia’s adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, who was 22 years old at the time.
Mia learned of the affair between Allen and her daughter when she found revealing photographs of Soon-Yi that had been taken in Allen’s apartment.
Soon-Yi is the adopted daughter of Farrow and her second husband, conductor Andre Previn. They were divorced in 1979. Allen and Soon-Yi, who have a 35-year age gap, have been married since 1997.
At the time of the custody battle, Mia had 11 children, four of whom were her’s by birth. She and Allen adopted Moses, Dylan, and had Satchel (now Ronan) together.
After Allen lost his custody case, Mia adopted five more children between 1992 and 1995. One of them, Tam Farrow, died of heart failure in 2000. He was 21 years old.
Sunday’s second episode of Allen v. Farrow aired home video footage of then-seven-year-old Dylan accusing her adoptive father Allen of ‘touching her privates’.
The custody dispute arose after Allen was accused of sexually molesting his daughter, Dylan
On Sunday, HBO aired never-before-seen home videos in which Dylan, who was seven years old at the time, recounts with clarity the incident in which Allen is said to have asked ‘What about some father-daughter time?’ with her
Dylan Farrow is asked on a 1992 video recording about what happened when she was alone with her adoptive father, Woody Allen
Dylan Farrow, pictured in the documentary, said she had been losing sleep over the episode which featured the video
The film, shot by Mia in 1992, was broadcast for the first time on Sunday.
In it, Mia asks Dylan what her adoptive father did to her while the pair were alone.
Dylan can be heard clearly describing how Allen, allegedly ‘touched her private parts’.
The video was shot by Mia as proof of the incident, as 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.’
The video which has until now not been made public was apparently used as evidence in the 1993 custody battle between Mia and Allen.
The short clip was filmed shortly after Allen had paid a visit to the family’s country home in Connecticut, in August 1992. Mia was out at the time and Allen was said to have gone straight to Dylan.
Suddenly everyone realized that Allen and Dylan were missing and they were not found for 20 minutes.
‘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.
Dylan Farrow tweeted out a plea for understanding and empathy hours before Sunday’s HBO docuseries Allen V. Farrow airs unseen footage of her
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.
Mia got her video camera out and recorded Dylan as she asked her about what happened. There appeared to have been two incidents, one on the couch and a second in the attic.
While talking about the first incident, 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 portion of the 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’.
‘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.’
Mia Farrow with children Dylan and Ronan Farrow in a photo posted on her Instagram last week
‘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: ‘We were in the TV room and he reached behind me and touched my butt and then he told me to come up to the attic with him. I remember laying there on my stomach and my back was to him so i couldn’t see what was going on.
Dylan herself publicly accused Allen of abuse, years after the allegations first emerged, in a letter published on The New York Times in 2014
‘I felt trapped. He was saying things like we’re gonna go to Paris together, you’re gonna be in all my movies. Then he sexually assaulted me. 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 that she has just made public.
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.
The four-time Oscar-winning director has repeatedly denied molesting Dylan.
Woody Allen and Mia Farrow with children Dylan and Ronan, pictured in 1988
In the video, recorded by her mother, Mia, Dylan talks about going upstairs to the attic with her father
Allen has never been arrested or prosecuted over the sexual abuse allegation against Dylan, which was first made in 1993.
It was investigated at the time by state police in Connecticut where Mia Farrow and her children lived.
Allen also claimed 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.
‘These documentarians had no interest in the truth,’ Allen said in a statement issued last week. ‘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 also claims those behind the documentary ‘collaborated’ with Mia to produce the ‘hit piece’.
Dylan Farrow released a lengthy statement on Twitter on Sunday afternoon ahead of the airing
Hours before Sunday night’s broadcast, Farrow who is now 35, tweeted a lengthy statement about the video that features in the documentary and asked for viewers’ understanding.
‘I’m writing this, because to be totally honest I have been losing sleep and overcome with anxiety. Tonight’s episode of the Allen v. Farrow docuseries features a video of me as a seven-year-old child disclosing my abuse to my mother,’ she wrote.
‘My mother gave me this video when I became an adult to do whatever I wanted with it. It shows me as I was then, a young, vulnerable child. “Little Dylan,” whom I’ve tried ever since to protect.’
‘Deciding to allow this tape to be viewed now publicly in this way has not been easy. I myself had resisted ever watching it until now. It had been long stored away in a closet. Scared. Buried,’ she continued.
‘I almost didn’t offer it to the filmmakers, because being this vulnerable in public is absolutely terrifying for me. My fear in letting this tape come to light is that I am putting Little Dylan in the court of public opinion.’
Dylan added, ‘While I have been able to take the stones thrown at me as an adult, to think of that happening to this little girl is stomach-churning.
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.’
‘But I decided to let them share it in hopes that Little Dylan’s voice might now help others suffering in silence feel heard, understood, and less alone.
‘And that my testimony might also help parents, relatives, friends, loved ones and the world in general understand first-hand how an abused child might speak and interpret these horrific events.’
She noted that she has ‘pushed “Little Dylan” away as a coping mechanism’ for ‘decades’ adding that ‘part of my goal in allowing her to now speak is also to try and find some healing for me and my childhood self. It’s an attempt to make them whole again, and find some peace and closure.’
Dylan asks viewers to watch the video ‘with empathy, compassion and an open mind and heart and not use this as an opportunity to attack, turn away, criticize, mock; or to further shun “Little Dylan” and in doing so shame and silence the millions of abused children who are suffering in the world today.’
‘This is the most vulnerable part of who I am. I hope this tape helps us all find ways to allow painful secrets to come safely out of their closets so we all can heal and move forward in strength and peace. No longer ashamed, buried, scared, sad, and silent.’
She ended her message with a note for other survivors writing, ‘please know that your truth is valid and there are those who will listen.’ She included the number to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.
Allen v. Farrow, which premiered last week, features Mia and Dylan speaking about the longstanding allegations that Allen sexually abused Dylan.
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’.
Tisa Farrow, Mia’s sister, also 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’.
The four-part series which began on February 21 was filmed in secret and features new interviews with other members of the Farrow-Previn family, including Ronan Farrow and Fletcher Previn.
Never-before-seen home footage from Mia and Allen’s life before they together before they split in 1992 is shown.
Allen is currently married to Soon-Yi, 50. The couple who did not participate in the documentary series share two daughters.
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.
The documentary’s producer Amy Herdy, however, claims she reached out as early as June 2018.
The series uses excerpts from Allen’s 2020 memoir as a contrast to the allegations.
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.