First thing first. I believe the accusations leveled against Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis CK and many others; but I struggle — I always have — with the allegations the Farrow family, specifically Dylan and Mia have made towards Woody Allen. 99% of the time I believe the woman, but there are too many holes in Farrow story to believe her.
Before you draw any conclusions about me or this article, hear me out.
Does it make sense that a man in the public eye, in his late fifties, never before charged or accused of child molestation would one day in 1992 drive to his ex-lovers home, where family members had been coaxed to hate him, where the maid despised him, that he would choose that day to coerce his seven year old daughter into the attic and assault her? Does that sound even remotely logical to you? A child who adored him, looked forward to his visits, loved his stories, often stood at the door waiting for him to arrive? Consider too, Allen is intensely claustrophobic, the attic would be an instant hell to him, and the many people at the home were watching him like a hawk, told not to leave him alone with the kids to ruin his visit. I too suffer from acute claustrophobia, cannot handle a blanket thrown over me, so I understand what an attic might do to him. But think about it! He arrives at a home filled with haters, filled with people who loathe him for hurting Mia, manages to sneak the little girl to the attic (though the location changed through the years) and assault her…does that make the slightest bit of sense to anyone? Would she not cry out, weep in pain, shame? Would she withdraw from him instantly? She did not. Only after Farrow reported the incident to her lawyer, not the police mind you, did Dylan push her father away.
Mia Farrow and Allen had been partners romantically for twelve years, not sharing a residence but sharing a life. Working together on films throughout the nineties, she became his new muse, and for the first time was taken seriously as an actress. After critical acclaim in Rosemary’s Baby (1968), her career stalled with uneven work, eventually a laughable performance as Daisy in The Great Gatsby (1974). With Allen she found roles written for her and through the eighties gavecan array of outstanding performances in Broadway Danny Rose (1984) for which she should have been Oscar nominated, The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Crimes and Misdemeanours (1989). He was, during that period, by all accounts a father figure to her younger children but never Soon Yi as it was made clear from the beginning that Previn was her father.
In the months leading up to the day of the alleged assault on Dylan, Mia Farrow had discovered some compromising photographs of her adopted daughter Soon Yi Previn, then nineteen, in Woody Allen’s sock drawer. Allen confessed to an affair, and by all accounts, Farrow turned her furious wrath on Allen, and he has been scrutinized and investigated ever since. Four months after confessing to the affair — four months after Mia attacked Soon Yi and four months after threatening Allen and his sister with something worse than death — this alleged assault took place, she says. Two states found no evidence of sexual assault, there was not a shred of physical evidence, and in the beginning Dylan Farrow denied her step father had touched her. It was only after Mia Farrow spent time alone with Dylan that her story evolved through the years. Her older brother Moses states he heard and saw Mia rehearsing Dylan with what to say, promising her a doll she wanted if she pleased her mother.