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HBO documentary ‘Allen v. Farrow’ digs deep into the child abuse allegations against Woody Allen


(NEW YORK) — “Who on earth could believe that about Woody Allen? I couldn’t believe it.”

That comment, from Woody Allen’s ex-wife Mia Farrow, is one of the first heard in the teaser for Allen v. Farrow, an upcoming HBO documentary about the sexual abuse investigation into the famous filmmaker.

The four-part documentary series, which examines the accusations Allen abused his then-7-year-old daughter Dylan, was “meticulously pieced together via intimate home movie footage, court documents, police evidence, revelatory videotape and never-before-heard audio tapes,” according to HBO. 

The project features interviews with Farrow, as well as with her children Dylan and Ronan, family friend Carly Simon, the case’s prosecutor, Frank Maco, and “relatives, investigators, experts and other first-hand eyewitnesses,” many of whom, HBO teases, are “speaking publicly about the events for the first time.”

The special will also deal with Allen’s relationship with Farrow’s adoptive daughter Soon-Yi, who he later married, as well as the aftermath of the abuse investigation and how it changed perceptions of the Oscar-winner’s work.

Dylan Farrow, then 32, made the allegations against her adoptive father in 2018. At that time, Allen issued a statement that read in part, “When this claim was first made more than 25 years ago, it was thoroughly investigated by both the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare.”

“They both did so for many months and independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place,” the statement continued. “Instead, they found it likely a vulnerable child had been coached to tell the story by her angry mother during a contentious breakup.”

Allen v. Farrow will premiere on Sunday, February 21. 

By Stephen Iervolino
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