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‘Allen v. Farrow’ Sheds Light On A Dark Hollywood Secret

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Allen v. Farrow is a docuseries that casts a stark light on the decades-long allegations made against Woody Allen that he sexually abused his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, throughout her early childhood. Dylan and Mia Farrow, along with their family and close friends, including celebrities like Carly Simon, give candid and sometimes disturbing accounts of Allen's behavior around his young daughter, as well as his affair with Farrow's daughter Soon-Yi Previn and the emotional abuse Farrow says she suffered during their relationship.

Although Allen does not appear in the series, he maintains his innocence, and audio excerpts from his 2020 memoir, Apropos of Nothing, give insight into how the famed director viewed the events that culminated in his separation from Farrow in 1992.

This list will update with crucial new information from HBO's Allen v. Farrow, giving you the chance to decide who's telling the truth, and if it's ever possible to fully separate the art from the artist.

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    Dylan’s Brother Ronan Claims That She Didn't Want To Spend Time With Their Father

    Acclaimed journalist Ronan Farrow was born just two years after Dylan and was the only biological child of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen. Ronan and Dylan describe their mutual affection for each other in the first episode of the series and describe themselves as being "inseparable" in early childhood.

    Despite his young age, Ronan (then known as "Satchel") remembers Dylan tensing up when Allen would enter the room. Ronan recalls his sister saying things like, "I don't want to be with Daddy," and asking him if they could keep playing so she wouldn't have to be alone with Allen.

    Ronan states that there was a "sadness" and "withdrawn quality" to Dylan, but he didn't have the words to explain or describe her demeanor when they were children.

  • Dylan Recalls That Allen Would Frequently Separate Her From Farrow

    After the birth of Ronan Farrow, Dylan says that Allen began separating her from her mother. "I remember him taking me out of the room away from her a lot. Even when I wanted to stay," Dylan recounts in the first episode.

    Allen has since claimed that Farrow had little time for Dylan or the other children following Ronan's birth; however, Farrow states that she wanted to have Dylan with her along with Ronan, but she sensed Allen didn't know how to act around a newborn or a woman who had just given birth.

    Dylan later explains that Allen slowly instilled in her the idea that he was her parent, and Farrow was Ronan's parent. Dylan would eventually come to believe that her mother didn't want her around, making her more of a "daddy's girl" as time progressed.

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    Farrow Recorded Dylan Describing An Incident With Allen In The Attic

    On August 4, 1992, Farrow and her friend Casey Pascal left their children under their nannies’ care so they could go to the store. While the children and their nannies, Kristi Groteke and Alison Stickland, as well as Dylan and Ronan’s French tutor, Sophie Bergé, were playing outside, Allen arrived to visit Dylan.

    Eventually, the nannies lost track of her, which concerned Bergé, as Dylan’s therapist had instructed Farrow not to leave the young girl alone with Allen.

    Groteke reported searching the house and finding no trace of either Allen or Dylan, but when Farrow and Pascal returned home, Dylan reappeared and ran out to greet her mother. The following day, Stickland, Pascal’s nanny, reported seeing Allen and Dylan in a “very adult situation” and being horrified.

    Farrow asked Dylan about the incident and filmed her young daughter describing Allen’s actions, which Dylan claimed took place in the attic. This was confirmed to Farrow when Groteke told her they had searched "every room in the house," except, presumably, the attic.

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    Allen Sued Farrow For Sole Custody Of Their Three Children

    Woody Allen sued Mia Farrow for sole custody of Dylan, Satchel, and Moses just one week after the sexual abuse allegations were made public. Allen claimed that Farrow was an "unfit mother" and even hired a team of private investigators to find "compromising" information on her.

    During the custody hearing, Allen testified that he had never been alone with Dylan on August 4, but three witnesses contradicted this testimony. Allen also insinuated that Dylan had been "brainwashed" by Farrow, resulting in the child's claims of sexual abuse.

    Judge Elliott Wilk spent a month deliberating the case before ruling in Farrow's favor on June 7, 1993. Wilk gave a "scathing" assessment of Allen, stating that Allen's, "behavior towards Dylan was grossly inappropriate and that measures must be taken to protect her." The judge ruled that Allen could not see Dylan for at least six months.