Mia Farrow confronts her former boyfriend and frequent collaborator Woody Allen during heart-wrenching taped phone calls in the third episode of “Allen v. Farrow,” which perhaps is the most damning in terms of countering Allen’s long-standing proclamation of innocence.
The four-part docuseries (HBO, 9 EST/PST) from directors Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering examines Dylan Farrow’s accusation of sexual assault against her filmmaker father and the subsequent investigations into the alleged abuse.
Allen, 85, has never been charged with any crimes and has repeatedly denied being inappropriate with his adopted daughter over the years. He and his wife, Soon-Yi Previn, whom Farrow adopted with her ex-husband, composer André Previn, have written off “Allen v. Farrow” as fiction, slamming it as “a hatchet job riddled with falsehoods.”
But in Sunday’s episode, it’s clear the actress believes Dylan’s claim that Allen assaulted the young child in her Connecticut home in August 1992.
“What you’ve done to Soon-Yi, what you’ve done to Dylan,” Farrow says during her conversation with Allen that appears to take place in the early ’90s, when the former couple was at odds. “Dylan’s a baby. How could you do that to her?”
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A young Dylan Farrow (Photo: Courtesy of HBO)
Allen seems to defend himself, though his response is inaudible on the calls, which he and Farrow taped. “I don’t know anything of the kind,” Farrow replies. “I know what Dylan tells me. You’ve told me nothing but lies. Dylan tells the truth and consistently.”
“But you know that I didn’t….” Allen says. “No, I don’t know that, Woody,” Farrow says, cutting him off. “I’ve always, always been worried about you and Dylan.”
Farrow explains to her former partner of 12 years she was unaware a doctor she took Dylan to following the alleged assault would report the suspected abuse to the authorities and says she only took Dylan in for an examination to be sure she was OK.
“And she’s not all right, Woody,” Farrow says. “She walks around the house holding her vagina. She sleeps with me. She’s scared of you, and you hurt her.”
Farrow says she blames herself for not being able to save her daughter from the abuse.
“She said, ‘Mommy, you didn’t help me.’ She said, ‘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.”
In another taped call, Farrow asks Woody to take their family drama “out of the public arena.” On Aug. 18, 1992, the Oscar-winning screenwriter held a press conference and condemned what he called Farrow’s “unconscionable and gruesomely damaging manipulation of innocent children for vindictive and self-serving purposes.” He added, “In the end, the only thing I have been guilty of is falling in love with Ms. Farrow’s adult daughter.”
According to the docuseries, that narrative of Farrow as a vengeful woman scorned went far and wide in the press, a move family friends of Farrow’s called an attempt to distract from Dylan’s allegations.
On that summer day in 1992, when Allen visited Farrow’s home, babysitter Kristi Groteke noticed Dylan was missing. Groteke searched for her, according to her 1993 testimony excerpted for the doc, and testified Dylan was gone for “roughly 20 minutes.”
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Mia Farrow's Connecticut home (Photo: Courtesy of HBO)
In Sunday’s episode, Farrow pleads with Allen to tell her where he was for that time, but he repeatedly refuses, explaining “the truth will come out” in time.
“Woody, just tell me where you were,” she begs. “People scoured the house. Every single room was searched. You could help me a lot.”
Former Connecticut state attorney Frank Maco says in the series that Allen refused to take a polygraph test administered by Connecticut state police, but instead took a private test.
“View” co-host and attorney Sunny Hostin and Stephen P. Herman, a forensic psychiatrist and expert witness for Farrow who were interviewed for the docuseries also questioned the validity of a report from Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Child Sexual Abuse Clinic, which Maco enlisted to assess if Dylan was reliable enough to be put on the stand. “Allen v. Farrow” says the clinic’s report found “inconsistencies,” asserting that Dylan had “difficulties distinguishing fantasy from reality.” The report also found that Dylan’s claims “were likely reinforced and encouraged by her mother, who was enraged with Mr. Allen. ” (Maco says he did not believe Farrow manipulated Dylan.)
A separate investigation by New York authorities into Allen’s alleged assault of Dylan, may have been covered up, the docuseries asserts. New York City’s Child Welfare Administration caseworker Paul Williams found Dylan credible. But when he tried to proceed, he was fired for insubordination, Episode 3 states.
Williams disputed his dismissal, and was rehired and given back pay, according to the docuseries. He also found a supporter in Gloria Steinem, who covered the incident as a journalist. “In the end, the result was that people with power were able to get the case removed,” Steinem says in the episode. “It just seemed to me from everything I could glean as a reporter to be a case of great injustice.”
Farrow says she thought Allen “was all-powerful” and could influence the Yale-New Haven Hospital and authorities in New York, given the money his movies filmed in New York earned for the city. And Allen wasn’t going down without a fight. He sued Farrow for custody of Dylan, Moses (their adopted son) and Ronan Farrow.
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From left to right: Ronan Farrow, Lark Previn, Woody Allen, Dylan Farrow, Fletcher Previn, Daisy Previn, Soon-Yi Previn, Moses Farrow and Mia Farrow. (Photo: Courtesy of HBO)
Over the phone, Farrow confronts Allen. “You brought charges against me as an unfit mother,” she tells him in another taped call.
“And I’m gonna make them stick” he vows.
But on June 7, 1993, New York State Supreme Court Justice Elliott Wilk found the evidence “established that Ms. Farrow is a caring and loving mother” and that “there is no credible evidence to support Mr. Allen’s contention that Ms. Farrow coached Dylan.”
It was also Wilk’s opinion that “Mr. Allen’s behavior toward Dylan was grossly inappropriate and that measures must be taken to protect her,” and he ruled Allen couldn’t visit Dylan for at least six months.
Dylan, in an interview with filmmakers, remembers the severing of ties with her father. “It wasn’t framed as, ‘You’re never gonna see your father again,'” she recalls. “It was framed as, ‘Do you ever want to see him again?’ And I didn’t.
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