Woody Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow speaks out about sexual abuse


Mia Farrow and Dylan, one of the daughters she adopted with ex-boyfriend Woody Allen spoke to Vanity Fair in quite an explosive piece. The first minor spark that came from that interview was the revelation that Mia’s only biological child with Woody, Ronan, may actually be her ex-husband Frank Sinatra’s kid. But that was a minor, speculative detail. The meat of the story is the harrowing tale Dylan, who is now in her 20s, has about sexual molestation she says she suffered at the hands of her adoptive father.

20 years ago Mia Farrow taped her young daughter saying that Woody Allen touched her inappropriately, but the case failed to make it to trial to avoid 7-year-old Dylan having to testify in court. She now wishes she could go back in time and make herself follow through with testifying. “I’m scared of him, his image,” she explained. “I have never been asked to testify. If I could talk to the 7-year-old Dylan, I would tell her to be brave, to testify.”

“There’s a lot I don’t remember, but what happened in the attic I remember. I remember what I was wearing and what I wasn’t wearing,” Dylan recalls. “The things making me uncomfortable were making me think I was a bad kid, because I didn’t want to do what my elder told me to do… I was cracking. I had to say something. I was 7. I was doing it because I was scared. I wanted it to stop.”

After the case was dropped, Woody Allen maintained his successful career, and the allegations were mostly forgotten by the public. The now 77-year-old acclaimed director’s relationship with Mia Farrow disintegrated in 1992 when she discovered he had nude photographs of Soon-Yi Previn, her adopted daughter with ex André Previn, who was essentially Woody’s stepdaughter. Soon-Yi was 19 and Allen was 56 when their relationship began. They married in 1997 and are still together with their two adopted children: Bechet Dumaine, 14 and Manzie Tio, 13.

Dylan says Woody tried to contact her twice when she was older. The second time he tried, he sent a large envelope full of photos of the two of them to her college during her senior year. The return name was “Lehman,” which was an attempt to trick her into opening the package. “I should have recognized the handwriting—I didn’t,” Dylan remembers. She says the note inside read “I thought you’d want some pictures of us, and I want you to know that I still think of you as my daughter, and my daughters think of you as their sister. Soon-Yi misses you.”

“How do your daughters think of me as their sister? How does that work?” Dylan wondered about the message.

Honestly I’m a big fan of Woody Allen’s work, Annie Hall is one of my favorite films ever and I really enjoyed his latest movie Blue Jasmine, but after reading Dylan’s comments I’m not sure I have the stomach to watch any of his movies ever again. No child should have to go through something like that.

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  • Eve

    I always found it super-creepy that he basically married his stepdaughter.

  • SS

    Woody Allen may be a talented writer/director, but he’s a horrible human being. That should trump a few good movies. I wish people would stop supporting him and calling him a genius. Hitler was a gifted orator but we still recognize that he was a monster–we don’t forgive the heinous things he did just because he had talent. But Roman Polanski and Woody Allen can commit atrocities against children and we’ll ooh and ahh over them like they are heroes. Stop seeing their movies!! All these huge hollywood stars are tripping over each other to try to get in a Woody Allen movie. I guess it only matters to them if it’s their kid that gets molested. Selfish, selfish, shallow, disgusting. Burn in hell, Woody.

    • I agree with you 100%. I don’t understand how people keep bringing up Woody Allen’s movies as a means of justifying the horrible, disgusting things that he did. That doesn’t change that he’s an awful human being. It’s the same thing with Roman Polanski; all of the people in the industry saying he should be forgiven, that it wasn’t a big deal, and that his filmic contributions should override everything else. Wrong is wrong, and he, as well as Polanski, are pedophiles, point blank period. To deny or minimize that fact just because of their work is a slap in the face to the girls whose lives they’ve messed up.

      • christee

        Polanski’s victim actually wants people to move on from what he did. That too is sickening. These men (not even men, monsters) belong in jail for the rest of their lives. Normal people don’t have affairs with, then go on to marry, their adopted step-daughters.

  • Cheermom_1975

    Even by Hollywood standards he is one sick man! Imagine the disgust Mia Farrow has towards him. Too bad he wasn’t prosecuted at the time. Makes you wonder if there are any current victims.

    • LexiconD1

      Well, the children he adopted with his step-daughter aren’t really ‘his’, if you follow his disgusting “logic”?

      • Justine Savard

        OMG that is so sad the pattern may continue

  • Brynn

    Based on what I’ve heard/read about Woody Allen, none of these allegations surprise me, and I believe her. And unfortunately, Cheermom, I’m willing to bet there ARE more victims. It’s hardly ever just the one.

  • Theguy

    No proof, save for the allegations a bitter ex-girlfriend. They were never married and never lived together. Get your facts straight all of you before spreading lies and your useless opinions.