‘Allen v. Farrow ‘: How to Watch the HBO Documentary About Dylan Farrow’s Allegations Against Woody Allen

Dylan Farrow’s sexual abuse allegations against his father, Woody Allen, are the subject of Allen vs. Farrow, HBO’s new four-part documentary series from investigative filmmakers Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering and Amy Herdy. The explosive series reveals the private story behind one of Hollywood’s most notorious public scandals involving the director of such films as Annie hall, Manhattan Y Midnight in Paris.

Allen and actress Mia Farrow were in a relationship for 12 years from 1980 to 1992 and during that time, the two adopted Dylan and Moses and had a biological son, Ronan, together. In addition, Farrow had three other biological children with her ex-husband André Previn and three adopted children, including Soon-Yi Previn. (Farrow later adopted five more children.)

The principal was accused of sexually abusing Dylan, then 7, at Farrow’s Connecticut home in August 1992. This supposedly happened seven months after Farrow found out that Allen was having a romantic relationship with Soon-Yi. Later that month, their relationship became public around the same time that the Connecticut State Police announced that it was investigating Dylan’s allegations.

While the state’s attorney did not press charges, local police referred the case to Yale-New Haven Hospital, which concluded that Allen had not abused Dylan and that his accusations were likely influenced by his mother. Meanwhile, Allen and Farrow’s relationship had been completely transferred, and the claims were further examined in court during a contentious 1993 custody battle.

In 1997, Allen married Soon-Yi and since then the couple adopted two children together.

The controversy surrounding Allen resumed two decades later, when Dylan spoke to Vanity fair and later followed those comments with an open letter in The New York Times. This was just when it was announced that the director would be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Golden Globe Award in 2014. In the midst of the #MeToo movement in 2017, Dylan also wrote an op-ed for Los Angeles Times and spoke on camera with CBS this morning.

Meanwhile, Allen has continuously denied the allegations, while recently speaking out publicly in an op-ed for the New York Times and issue a statement to CBS this morning. And Soon-Yi has only spoken once, giving a rare interview to New York magazine in 2018.

All of this and more is captured in the documentary series, which goes beyond the headlines to get to the truth behind what happened.

How to watch Allen vs. Farrow: the four part series premieres on HBO and HBO Max on Sunday, February 21 at 9 pm ET / PT, and new episodes will air on Sundays after that same time.

All that appear on camera: Mia, Dylan, and Ronan Farrow provide in-depth interviews. Additionally, family friend and singer Carly Simon, model Christina Engelhardt, prosecutor Frank Maco, as well as other family members, investigators, experts and first-hand eyewitnesses speak publicly about the allegations against Allen. The director, meanwhile, does not appear on camera but his voice is heard through extracts from his audio version of his autobiography. About nowhere.

How Woody Allen responded: While Allen has yet to respond to the documentary series, he has continually denied any allegations of sexual abuse. In 2018, he issued a statement to CBS Morning News, after his interview with Dylan: “Although the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity provided by the Time’s Up movement to repeat this discredited complaint, that does not make it more true today than in the past. I never abused my daughter, as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago. ” Allen also addresses the allegations in his controversial 2020 autobiography, which can be heard on the docuseries.

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