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‘ Allen v. Far­row’ digs into al­leged abuse

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HBO se­ries goes be­yond re­hash of Woody Allen ac­cu­sa­tions.

A new do­cuseries, “Allen v. Far­row,” puts the spot­light once more on writer Dy­lan Far­row’s ac­cu­sa­tion of sex­ual as­sault at the hands of her adop­tive fa­ther, film­maker Woody Allen. Yet the four- part HBO pro­ject, which pre­miered Sun­day, goes be­yond re­hash­ing the nearly three- decades- old in­ci­dent, pro­vid­ing view­ers with new ev­i­dence in­clud­ing the first look at the long- dis­cussed footage of Dy­lan, at age 7, re­count­ing the al­leged abuse.

“Allen v. Far­row” also fea­tures au­dio­tapes of phone con­ver­sa­tions be­tween Far­row and Allen, her part­ner of 12 years, and in­ter­views with Far­row fam­ily mem­bers, in­clud­ing Dy­lan, Mia and son Ro­nan. Fam­ily friends of Mia, in­clud­ing singer Carly Si­mon, high­light what they see as Allen’s flaws.

Kirby Dick, who di­rected the pro­ject with Amy Zier­ing, says that go­ing in, he was un­sure of Allen’s in­no­cence or guilt.

“I didn’t re­ally have an opin­ion on it, per se, un­til we started dig­ging into this and find­ing all this in­for­ma­tion that had never gone pub­lic,” he says, “be­cause Woody Allen’s spin ma­chine was so suc­cess­ful in con­fus­ing the

pub­lic and con­fus­ing me. That’s one of the things that I think this se­ries does, is it re­ally gives you a much deeper un­der­stand­ing of what re­ally hap­pened and how so much of it was cov­ered up.”

The four- time Os­car win­ning “An­nie Hall” di­rec­tor and his wife, SoonYi Previn, whom Mia adopted with ex­hus­band An­dré Previn, did not re­spond to in­ter­view re­quests for the do­cuseries, the film­mak­ers say. Moses, Allen’s adopted son with Mia, says his fa­ther is in­no­cent and de­clined to par­tic­i­pate but is seen in archival home- movie footage shot by Mia. Allen’s voice is heard in the do

cuseries from the au­dio­book ver­sion of his 2020 mem­oir “Apro­pos of Noth­ing.”

“Allen v. Far­row” was cloaked in se­crecy.

“We’re very, very care­ful when­ever we do some­thing like this to keep it very close to the vest so that we can do the ex­plor­ing we need to unim­peded,” Zier­ing says. The do­cuseries was dubbed “The El­iza Pro­ject,” re­fer­ring to a name once used by Dy­lan.

Allen re­peat­edly has de­nied Dy­lan’s al­le­ga­tions that he as­saulted her in the sum­mer of 1992 in the at­tic of Far­row’s Con­necti­cut home, and has been de­fended by fa­mous pals in­clud­ing Diane Keaton, Alec Bald­win and Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, all of whom ap­peared in his movies.

Allen wrote in a 2014 es­say for The New York Times that he be­lieves Dy­lan was used by Mia “as a pawn for re­venge” after she felt scorned. Although they had al­ways lived apart, their ro­mance ended in early 1992 when she dis­cov­ered his col­lec­tion of sex­ual pic­tures of Soon- Yi, then in col­lege.

That sum­mer, Dy­lan al­leges, Allen as­saulted her. ( John Burn­ham, Allen’s long­time agent, didn’t re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment on the doc­u­men­tary.)

An in­ter­view with Dy­lan and in­ves­tiga­tive work by pro­ducer Amy Herdy con­vinced the di­rec­tors there was more the pub­lic needed to know about the story.

“I’m in my late 50s,” Zier­ing says, “So in the ’ 90s, when this came out, I was sort of the prime de­mo­graphic for be­ing very sus­cep­ti­ble to what the dom­i­nant nar­ra­tive of the time was. I had, you know, a very differ­ent opin­ion go­ing into this than I did com­ing out.”

Zier­ing says Dy­lan and Mia weren’t ea­ger to par­tic­i­pate in the do­cuseries. It took one month for a “cau­tious” Dy­lan to agree to be in­ter­viewed, they said, and 10 months to con­vince Mia.

“Be­cause there’s only been one nar­ra­tive, re­ally, that re­sounded in the press up un­til 2014 – without any kind of per­fo­ra­tion or com­pli­ca­tions – they did not feel that any­one who looked into their story was re­ally go­ing to deal with it fairly and hon­estly and with in­tegrity,” Zier­ing says. “They were re­luc­tant and anx­ious through­out, and Mia only finally agreed after mul­ti­ple re­quests be­cause Dy­lan asked her to. Dy­lan said, ‘ Look, I think if we don’t speak then, no one will ever know the truth.’ ”

De­spite the claims and scru­tiny over the past three decades, Allen has never been charged with any crimes. In 1993, Con­necti­cut state at­tor­ney Frank Maco de­cided against pros­e­cut­ing Allen, say­ing that although he had prob­a­ble cause, he did not wish to inflict any fur­ther an­guish on Dy­lan by mak­ing her tes­tify. Now, Dy­lan, 35, is seiz­ing her mo­ment.

She says in the first episode that Allen gave her “in­tense affec­tion, all the time.”

“I was al­ways in his clutches,” she says. “He was al­ways hunt­ing me.”

Dy­lan says she re­mem­bers Allen cud­dling her in bed, while they were both in their un­der­wear and how he told her to suck his thumb.

Think­ing of her younger self mo­ti­vates her to speak now.

“I wish that I had been stronger,” she says in Sun­day’s pre­miere, “that I hadn’t crum­pled so much un­der the pres­sure, and I need to, in a way, prove to my­self that I can face it, which is prob­a­bly why I feel so strongly about com­ing for­ward now.”

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 ??  ?? Mia Far­row, with her chil­dren Ro­nan, left, and Dy­lan. A new do­cuseries air­ing on HBO puts the spot­light once more on writer Dy­lan Far­row’s ac­cu­sa­tion of sex­ual as­sault at the hands of her adop­tive fa­ther, film­maker Woody Allen.
Mia Far­row, with her chil­dren Ro­nan, left, and Dy­lan. A new do­cuseries air­ing on HBO puts the spot­light once more on writer Dy­lan Far­row’s ac­cu­sa­tion of sex­ual as­sault at the hands of her adop­tive fa­ther, film­maker Woody Allen.
 ?? PHO­TOS PRO­VIDED BY HBO ?? Writer Dy­lan Far­row, the adopted daugh­ter of Mia Far­row and Woody Allen, speaks out in the HBO do­cuseries “Allen v. Far­row.”
PHO­TOS PRO­VIDED BY HBO Writer Dy­lan Far­row, the adopted daugh­ter of Mia Far­row and Woody Allen, speaks out in the HBO do­cuseries “Allen v. Far­row.”
 ?? FRANKIE ZITHS/ AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS ?? In this 1984 file photo, film­maker Woody Allen and ac­tress Mia Far­row are pho­tographed in New York. The cou­ple were ro­man­ti­cally in­volved for more than a decade and col­lab­o­rated on nu­mer­ous films.
FRANKIE ZITHS/ AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS In this 1984 file photo, film­maker Woody Allen and ac­tress Mia Far­row are pho­tographed in New York. The cou­ple were ro­man­ti­cally in­volved for more than a decade and col­lab­o­rated on nu­mer­ous films.
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