Footage of Dylan Farrow accusing Woody Allen of sexual abuse to air

Never-before-seen footage of Dylan Farrow aged 7 accusing father Woody Allen of sexual abuse to air on HBO in explosive four-part documentary exploring his relationship with Mia Farrow

  • Investigative documentary ‘Allen v. Farrow’ explores the 1992 allegations made against the filmmaker by his daughter with then-wife Mia Farrow
  • The documentary also examines Mia and Allen’s doomed relationship
  • This included custody battles, abuse allegations and Allen’s marriage to Farrow’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn
  • It features exclusive interviews from Mia, Dylan and Ronan Farrow
  • HBO teased a trailer for the series Friday in which Mia describes how she ‘couldn’t believe’ the abuse allegations when she first heard them 
  • Allen and Previn did not take part in the documentary, nor did Moses Farrow
  • Allen has repeatedly denied all the allegations of sexually abusing Dylan 

Never-before-seen footage of seven-year-old Dylan Farrow accusing her father Woody Allen of sexual abuse will air for the first time in an explosive four-part documentary series on HBO. 

Investigative documentary ‘Allen v. Farrow’ delves into one of Hollywood’s biggest scandals, drawing on home movies, police evidence, court documents and recorded conversations to explore the 1992 allegations made against the filmmaker by his daughter with then-wife Mia Farrow.

The documentary also examines Mia and Allen’s doomed relationship as they turned overnight from one of Hollywood’s hottest couples to becoming embroiled in bitter custody battles, abuse allegations and Allen’s marriage to Farrow’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn.

It features exclusive interviews from Mia, Dylan and Ronan Farrow – the New Yorker journalist who led reporting on the #MeToo movement and the couple’s only biological child.

Allen and Previn did not take part in the documentary, nor did Moses Farrow, the son of Allen and Mia. 

Allen has repeatedly denied all the allegations of sexually abusing Dylan. 

A representative for Allen didn’t immediately respond Friday to a request for comment from the filmmaker.   

Woody Allen with Mia Farrow and their children Soon-Yi Previn, Dylan, Ronan and Moses around 1990. Never-before-seen footage of seven-year-old Dylan Farrow accusing her father Woody Allen of sexual abuse will air for the first time in an explosive four-part documentary series on HBO

The series, airing February 21, will show the videotape account of the abuse from 7-year-old Dylan shot by Farrow publicly for the very first time, reported the New York Times. 

The tape has been the source of much debate with some citing it as evidence of the abuse and others as evidence Dylan was led by Farrow to make the accusations. 

‘It took a long time for Dylan to feel comfortable and safe sharing that video. And once she shared it, there were parameters about whether she would be OK with us actually using it,’ filmmaker Amy Ziering told the Times. 

‘It was incremental. We are not about contributing to anyone else’s pain.’ 

In the documentary, critical questions are also raised about the Yale Child Sexual Abuse Clinic at the Yale-New Haven Hospital, which investigated the abuse allegations.

The clinic interviewed Dylan nine times in seven months when the accusations were first made and ruled that her claims weren’t credible.  

But much of the notes taken from those interviews were destroyed when the final report was issued, reported the Times.  

The documentary makers told the paper Mia told them she was still scared of Allen and only took part in the series for the sake of her children. 

‘She said, “My daughter came to me, said this is important to me and I need you to do this for me,”‘ Ziering said. 

HBO teased a trailer for the series Friday in which Mia describes how she ‘couldn’t believe’ the abuse allegations when she first heard them

Home video footage shows the family in happier times with Allen dancing in a room with his children in one shot and the Hollywood producer hugging his children in another

HBO teased a trailer for the series Friday in which Mia is seen describing how she ‘couldn’t believe’ the abuse allegations when she first heard them. 

‘Who on earth could believe that of Woody Allen? I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it,’ she says.  

The trailer opens with a voice saying ‘this is a case unlike anything the state of Connecticut has confronted.’

‘A report says Farrow may have coached the child to tell the story,’ another voice is heard saying as the camera pans over family photos. 

Home video footage shows the family in happier times with Allen dancing in a room with his children in one shot and the Hollywood producer hugging his children in another. 

It then moves to footage of Allen giving a press conference in 1992 where he denied the abuse claims as a voiceover says ‘state police confirm that they are investigating the director.’  

The trailer closes with a shot of Dylan today as a voice is heard saying: ‘No matter what you think you know it is just the tip of the iceberg.’   

The investigative documentary ‘Allen v. Farrow’ delves into one of Hollywood’s biggest scandals. It draws on home movies (above), police evidence, court documents and recorded conversations to explore the 1992 allegations made against the filmmaker by his daughter with then-wife Mia Farrow

HBO said Friday the series ‘goes behind decades of sensational headlines to reveal the private story of one of Hollywood’s most notorious and public scandals: the accusation of sexual abuse against Woody Allen involving Dylan, his then seven-year-old daughter with Mia Farrow; their subsequent custody trial, the revelation of Allen’s relationship with Farrow’s daughter, Soon-Yi; and the controversial aftermath in the years that followed.’ 

The documentary will explore the ‘private story’ through interviews with Mia, Dylan and Ronan and investigators, and an examination of court documents and previously unreleased material, the channel said. 

Family friend Carly Simon, prosecutor Frank Maco, relatives, investigators and other first-hand eyewitnesses are among those also speaking out publicly on the issue for the first time. 

Film experts will also discuss Allen’s work and its re-evaluation in light of his personal life.  

Dylan first accused her father, now 85, of sexually abusing her when she was seven.  

Allen has long denied the allegations.  

When the allegations surfaced in 1992, he held a press conference saying the claims were not true and accusing Mia of manipulating their adoptive daughter into making it up. 

Dylan first accused her father, now 85, of sexually abusing her when she was seven. Pictured Dylan with her father 

Dylan and Mia Farrow in 2016. Dylan has maintained that she was abused and her allegations have been embraced in the #MeToo era

At the time, Mia and Allen had split after Mia discovered naked photos of her then 21-year-old adoptive daughter Soon-Yi in Allen’s apartment.

It emerged that Allen was having an affair with Soon-Yi and left Mia for her. They later married and remain together to this day. 

Mia and Allen were both fighting for custody of Dylan, Ronan and Moses during the split.  

In his 2020 memoir, Allen again denied abusing his daughter.

He said he ‘never did anything to her that could be even misconstrued as abusing her; it was a total fabrication from start to finish.’

The same memoir had been dropped by its original publisher Hachette after staff staged a protest against it. Dylan thanked the staff who ‘took a stand.’     

She has maintained that she was abused and her allegations have been embraced in the #MeToo era. 

Two separate investigations were conducted in the 1990s and no charges were brought against Allen.  

‘Allen v. Farrow,’ from filmmakers Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering and Amy Herdy, will debut February 21 on HBO, with episodes airing weekly.

Dick and Ziering also made the 2020 documentary ‘On the Record,’ which detailed allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse against Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons. He has denied the claims.   

Mia and Allen split after Mia discovered naked photos of her then 21-year-old adoptive daughter Soon-Yi in Allen’s apartment. Allen and Soon-Yi are now married

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