The last episode of “Allen v. Farrow, ”an HBO documentary series investigating Dylan Farrow’s sexual abuse allegations against her adoptive father Woody Allen, covers the years from 1993, when a prosecutor refused to prosecute the filmmaker, to the present day.
The previous three episodes investigated what happened to Ms. Farrow on August 4, 1992 when she was 7 years old – that her father sexually assaulted her in the attic of the family home in Connecticut. The filmmakers searched police and court documents, checked the integrity of the investigation into their allegations, and sought an expert analysis of the video footage of the young Dylan telling her mother what had happened.
Mr Allen has long denied sexually abusing his daughter and her mother, Mia Farrow – Mr Allen’s ex-girlfriend – has accused her of making up the sexual assault allegation because she was angry with him for being sexual Relationship with her college-aged daughter, Bald-Yi Previn. (Mr. Allen and Ms. Previn later married.) A spokesman for Mr. Allen, who did not participate in the documentary, said it was “full of falsehoods.”
The finale covers the world’s reaction to the events of the early 1990s, Mr. Allen’s continued fame and accolades, and, in recent years, the growing reluctance of Hollywood people to be associated with him after the #MeToo movement .
The prosecutor’s decision
The episode begins on September 24, 1993. That day, Frank Maco, a Connecticut attorney, announced that although he had “probable cause” for prosecuting Mr. Allen, he had decided not to bring charges against Ms. Farrow’s potential trauma to spare a study.
Mr. Maco, who was interviewed extensively for the documentary, said he met young Dylan in his office early in 1993 with toys in the room and a female state police officer there. When Mr. Maco asked about her father, he said she froze and refused to answer.
“The strongest law enforcement advocates just looked at me, and we all shrugged,” Maco said. “We didn’t go anywhere with that kid.”
At a news conference, Mr. Allen said that instead of being happy or grateful for the decision, he was “just disgusted” that his children were “suffering unbearably from the unwholesome alliance between a vengeful mother and a cowardly mother.” dishonest, irresponsible prosecutor and his police. “
Dylan is growing up
In the years following the police investigation and custody suit that ended in her mother’s favor, Ms. Farrow said she suffered a long period of guilt and thought she was responsible for the family rift.
“I felt that if I had only kept his secret,” she tells the filmmakers, “I could have saved my mother all this grief and my brothers and my sister – myself.”
Siblings say on the series that Ms. Farrow often stayed to herself and seemed frightened. She says she hasn’t spoken in detail about the attack to anyone – not even her mother or her therapist. In high school, she recalls, she broke up with her only boyfriend after just three weeks because she expected him to want to be intimate with her.
Ronan Farrow, Ms. Farrow’s brother, tells the filmmakers that his mother tried to distance her children from Mr. Allen. But he says, “There was always a great incentive to be drawn into Woody Allen’s efforts to discredit his sister”. For example, says Mr. Farrow, Mr. Allen had made him an offer that if Mr. Allen spoke out publicly against his mother and sister, he would help pay for his college education.
After an award ceremony
The saga returned to public discourse in 2014 after Mr. Allen received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes. In the past, Farrow told filmmakers, he had stopped his sister from speaking publicly about her father and the events of the 1990s in the hopes that the family would leave her behind.
But after the awards show, Mr. Farrow tweeted, “Missed the Woody Allen tribute – did you put the part where a woman publicly acknowledged that he molested her when she was 7 years old, before or after Annie Hall?” Ms. Farrow says her brother’s willingness to speak publicly on the subject encouraged her to write about her recollection of events that appeared on the blog of New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. (Mr. Farrow, who helped his sister publish the open letter, said after another newspaper refused to print the report he took it to Mr. Kristof, a family friend.) Mr. Allen later published an op- Ed in The Times denies his daughter’s allegations.
Ms. Farrow said she had felt isolated and alone for two decades because of her experience. After she published her letter, she received a ton of messages from people who she knew shared their own experiences of sexual abuse.
Loyalty to Mr. Allen
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Four days after Ms. Farrow’s letter was published, her brother Moses Farrow told People Magazine that she was never molested. He also said that Mia Farrow trained the kids to hate Mr. Allen and that she hit him often as a child. When Dylan Farrow found out what her brother was saying, she burst into tears and said, “It was like being told that the person I knew, loved and trusted was gone.”
In interviews with the filmmakers, Ronan Farrow and two other siblings, Fletcher Previn and Daisy Previn, say the abuse allegations against their mother were not true.
In 2018, Moses Farrow followed suit with a blog post that continued to deny his sister’s report of sexual abuse. It targeted a specific detail of her story that she had included in the Times letter: while Mr. Allen had sexually assaulted her, she remembered concentrating on her brother’s electric train set, the one around the Drove to the attic. Mr Farrow said there was no electric train set in the attic. In Mr. Allen’s most recent treatise, “Apropos of Nothing”, he also denied this detail, calling it a “fresh creative touch”.
According to police documents, the detectives investigating the alleged attack found a train in the attic. A detailed drawing from 1992, shown below, contains an object called “Toy Train Track” in the attic.
Dylan, decades later
This episode captures Ms. Farrow’s adult life, 28 years after she says her father attacked her. It shows her husband Sean, whom she met on a dating site linked to The Onion, and Mrs. Farrow, now 35, who plays with her young daughter.
At some point Mia Farrow asks her daughter: “Are you ever mad at me?” having regard to their decision to bring Mr. Allen into the family. In response, Dylan Farrow says that she was primarily glad her mother believed her account of that day in 1992 and said, “You were there when it mattered.”
Another scene in the episode shows Mr. Maco, the prosecutor, meeting Ms. Farrow – their first meeting since 1993.
Mr Maco said he told Mia Farrow that when her daughter grows up he would be happy to answer any questions. The opportunity arose last fall – and the documentary film team recorded the conversation.
“Part of me really wishes I could have done it,” Dylan Farrow tells Mr. Maco, “that I could have had my day in court.”