Allen v. Farrow: A Chronology of the Misuse of Allegations surrounding Hollywood Filmmaker Woody Allen



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For years, the narrative presented by Woody Allen’s 7-year-old adopted daughter in the days following August 4, 1992, when she said he had sexually assaulted her, was central to her case against him.

Specialists who heard the baby girl’s narration at that time and in later years were divided over whether she was reliable or was coerced by her adoptive mother, Mia Farrow. But the audience only heard Dylan, as an adult, recount what she said to her mother nearly 30 years ago.

Now, Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick’s four-part documentary, “Allen v. Farrow”, which premiered Sunday on HBO (and streamed on HBO Max), will include for the first time video footage of Dylan, recorded by her mother , Describes what happened to her a few days after she said that Alan harassed her.

The film is the latest development in an issue that has been discussed in nearly 30 years. It made headlines again in 2014 when Allen received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globe – and Dylan Farrow wrote an open letter, published by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, detailing her story in response.

Then, in September 2018, New York magazine published a lengthy interview with Soon-Yi Previn, her first extended remarks about her relationship with Allen, which until now began her mother, Mia, when Braveen was a little girl. Allen and Brevin began a romantic relationship in 1991, when Brevin was 21 years old.

Allen has long denied the abuse of his daughter and said that Mia Farrow trained Dylan to say she was assaulted after it was discovered that he and Braveen were having an affair.

This timeline highlights important dates and developments in the narrative that traces its roots back to the 1970s.


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Mia Farrow and her husband, Andre Brevin, soon adopt Yi Previn from Korea; She is believed to be 7 years old.


Woody Allen and Farrow are served at Elaine’s, a Manhattan restaurant, after which a relationship begins.


Farrow adopts baby Dylan, who was born in Texas.

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Dylan Farrow as a child. (HBO / TNS)
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Farrow and Aline have a son, Ronan. Farrow later suggested in a 2013 Vanity Fair interview that Frank Sinatra might have been his father.

December 1991

Allen adopts Dylan and Moses Farrow, one of Mia Farrow’s sons, who adopted him in 1980. Allen, 56, begins an affair with Farrow’s 21-year-old daughter, Sun Yi Preven, around this time.

January 13, 1992

Farrow discovers nude photos of Braveen in Allen’s apartment. He later testified in court that he believed the case would be kept secret.

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Mia Farrow, far right, poses with her two children, Ronan and Dylan, in a shared photo in “Allen v. Farrow.” Should credit: HBO
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August 1, 1992

As the relationship between Allen and Braveen continued, Farrow called Susan Coates, a psychologist who was helping the family, describing Allen as “diabolical and evil” and asking her to “find a way to stop him.”

August 4, 1992

According to Dylan Farrow, Allen abused her that day, and touched her genitals. She was seven years old at the time. She detailed her accusation in January 2018 on CBS This Morning: “My dad took me to a small crawl space in the attic of my mom’s cottage in Connecticut. He ordered me to lie on my stomach and play with my brother’s toy train set up. He sat behind me in the hallway, while I was playing On a toy train, I was sexually assaulted when I was 7 years old, and I would say he touched my genitals …. ”

August 13, 1992

Allen sues Farrow in the New York state court of custody of Ronan, Dylan and Moses Farrow.

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Woody Allen
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August 17, 1992

Allen released a statement confirming his relationship with Raven, saying he is “totally real and happy”. On the same day, Connecticut Police announced that they were investigating Allen. Focus: allegations of harassment are two alternatives.

August 18, 1992

Allen has appeared publicly to say he is “sad” about the allegations of child abuse, describing them as “false” and “outrageous”.

March 18, 1993

After a seven-month investigation by a team of child abuse investigators at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Allen’s attorneys said he was acquitted of harassment by Sublan Farrow. Lamia Farrow’s legal team describes the confidential report as “incomplete and inaccurate”. The report, which was commissioned by law enforcement in Connecticut, has not been officially released, but some of its contents are reported by the media.

March 19, 1993

The custody trial begins. Allen took the stand and described the breakup of his relationship with Mia Farrow. He testifies that she threatened him in phone calls and erupted in a state of anger in front of the children after the two began to feud.

March 25, 1993

Farrow takes the stand. She details what Dylan told her last summer. She says she’s worried that Allen has had a sexual attraction to Dylan since she was two years old.


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May 3, 1993

A tough statement from John M. Leventhal, the physician who led the Yale-New Haven team, was released to the public. It’s theories that Dylan was emotionally unstable and trained by Farrow to accuse Allen. Yale-New Haven interviewed Dylan nine times and said she changed details throughout the interviews; Leventhal said in his statement that he had interviewed her, but Vanity Fair reported years later that he had not.

June 7, 1993

Allen loses the custody battle. Acting Justice Elliott Wilk of the state Supreme Court says Allen is “self-absorbed, untrustworthy and insensitive”. Allen denies visiting rights with Dylan.

September 24, 1993

Frank McCow, the state attorney in Connecticut, announced that while he had “probable cause” to prosecute Alan, he would refuse to press charges to spare Dylan the shock of the trial. Mako says he believes Dylan has been molested.

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Woody Allen and soon Ye Braveen
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December 23, 1997

Allen gives a lengthy interview to Walter Isaacson of Time magazine chronicling his relationship with Sun Yi – “the heart wants what it wants,” he says – and again denies the allegations of Dylan and Mia Farrow.

June 17, 2012

After years of relatively little news coverage of Ellen, Mia, and Dylan Farrow, Ronan Farrow posted on Twitter: “Happy Father’s Day – or as they call it in my family, Happy Sister’s Husband’s Day.”

November 2013

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Dylan Farrow
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Dylan Farrow sets the record for the first time in an interview with Vanity Fair. She is 28 years old now and describes receiving appeals from Alan since she was 18. Of the alleged abuse by Allen, she says: “There’s a lot I don’t remember, but I remember what happened in the attic. I remember what I was wearing and what I wasn’t wearing.”

January 12, 2014

In response to Allen receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globe, which Diane Keaton accepted on his behalf, Ronan Farrow posted on Twitter: “You missed Woody Allen’s praise – did they put the part in which a woman publicly confirmed that he molested her at age 7 before or after” Annie Hall?

February 1, 2014

Dylan Farrow writes an open letter detailing her story, published by The Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.

February 4, 2014

After the message, Mia Farrow posted on Twitter: “I love my daughter. I will always protect her. A lot of ugliness will target me. But this is not about me, it is about her truth.”


Mia Farrow (left) and her daughter Dylan Farrow
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February 5, 2014

In response to Dylan’s open letter, Moses Farrow defended Alan in an interview with People magazine, saying that Mia Farrow trained kids to hate Alan. He says that Dylan was not subjected to harassment and that Mia Farrow was a bully.

May 11, 2016

In a guest column in The Hollywood Reporter, Ronan Farrow writes about the difficulties Dylan encountered in publishing her story and says he believes Dylan’s novel.

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Ronan Farrow
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October 2017

The New York Times, then Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker, ran articles about the allegations of sexual harassment, abuse, and rape against Harvey Weinstein.

Allen says he feels “sad about Harvey” and warns of “witch hunt atmosphere.” Weinstein later described him as a “sad and sick man.”

December 7, 2017

Dylan Farrow wrote an article in the Los Angeles Times: “Why did the #MeToo revolution save Woody Allen?”

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January 2018

Colin Firth and Greta Gerwig say they will never work with Allen again. Mira Sorvino, who won an Academy Award for “Mighty Aphrodite” by Ellen, reprimanded him and expresses her support for Dylan. Rebecca Hall and Timothy Chalamet, co-stars of A Rainy Day in New York, also criticize him and donate their salary from the movie to charity. Referring to Allen, Winslet said, “I deeply regret the poor decisions I have made to work with individuals with whom I wish I would not.”

January 18, 2018

CBS This Morning broadcasts her first TV interview with Dylan Farrow, in which she narrates the allegations. Allen denies it again.

September 16, 2018

New York Magazine publishes a long interview with Braveen accusing Mia Farrow of rough parenting and defending Allen who is sitting in parts of the conversation.

November 16, 2018

The Times published an interview with actor Jude Law, who worked with Allen on “A Rainy Day in New York,” in which he said that Amazon Studios’ suspension of the movie was “a terrible shame.” When asked about the accusations against Ellen, Luo said he did not want to participate in the conversation: “I don’t feel this place was my place to comment, which is a very sensitive situation. I feel enough has been said about it. It’s a private matter.”

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Jude Law
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February 2019

Allen sues Amazon to cancel $ 68 million movie deal. (Amazon backed off amid renewed focus on Dylan’s allegations.) Weeks later, The Times reported that Allen was filming a new movie in Spain, with support from Barcelona-based Mediapro.

When asked why he worked with Allen after Amazon stopped doing so, Mediapro said in a statement: “We have a 10-year relationship with Mr. Allen, and like all the projects we produce, we judge the creator by his work.”

9 November 2019

Allen and Amazon settlement; Terms were not disclosed.

March 2, 2020

Grand Central Publishing, a fingerprint of the Hachette Book Group, announces that it will publish Allen’s memoir, “Apropos of Nothing,” on April 7. The book is described as a comprehensive account of his life, “personal and professional,” including details of his relationships with “family, friends and loved ones”.

In a statement on Twitter, Dylan Farrow strongly criticized Hachette, who previously published Ronan Farrow’s book “Hunting and Killing,” which narrates how he reports sexual assault allegations against Weinstein. She described the decision to publish Allen’s memoirs as a “total betrayal.”

March 5, 2020

Dozens of Hachette employees staged a protest strike. The next day, Hachette announced that it would not be publishing “Apropos of Nothing.”

March 23, 2020

Allen’s book has been published by Arcade Publishing. In the book, he again denies that he sexually abuses Dylan and describes the allegations as “a complete fabrication from start to finish.”

February 21, 2021

Allen v. Farrow on HBO debuted a video from 1992 when she recorded Mia Farrow Dylan, at the age of seven, stating that Allen had sexually assaulted her.

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