‘Allen v. Farrow’ on HBO: A timeline of key occasions

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“Allen v. Farrow,” the hotly anticipated new docuseries from administrators Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, is a four-hour investigation of the allegations of childhood sexual abuse first made by Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of actress Mia Farrow and filmmaker Woody Allen, in opposition to her father in 1992, when she was 7 years outdated.

However the collection, premiering Sunday on HBO, doubles as a riveting glimpse inside one of the crucial distinguished relationships — and most rancorous breakups — in Hollywood historical past. In 1992, after 12 years collectively, the Oscar-winning author/director and his romantic associate/skilled collaborator turned embroiled in a public battle for custody of their three kids, one which included not solely Dylan’s accusations but in addition the revelation of Allen’s sexual relationship with Quickly-Yi Previn, Farrow’s adopted daughter from a earlier marriage, and the discharge of their thirteenth movie collectively, “Husbands and Wives.”

Right here’s a particular timeline of occasions in Allen and Farrow’s relationship, Dylan‘s claims of abuse, the custody battle and main developments since, with excerpts from Los Angeles Occasions protection because it occurred.

Dylan Farrow, left, Woody Allen and Ronan Farrow in archival footage from HBO's "Allen v. Farrow."

Dylan Farrow, left, Woody Allen and Ronan Farrow in archival footage from HBO’s “Allen v. Farrow.”


1977: Farrow and her second husband, composer André Previn, undertake Quickly-Yi , then about 7 years outdated, from South Korea. Farrow already had three organic sons (Matthew, Sascha and Fletcher) and two adopted daughters (Lark and Daisy).

1979: Allen and Farrow meet for the primary time. Farrow, divorced from Previn, and Allen, not far faraway from profitable a number of Oscars for “Annie Corridor,” are launched at Elaine’s restaurant in Manhattan after a efficiency of Bernard Slade’s play “Romantic Comedy,” wherein Farrow was then starring with Anthony Perkins.

July 16, 1982: “A Midsummer Evening’s Intercourse Comedy” is launched in U.S. cinemas. It’s the first of Allen and Farrow’s 13 movies collectively, together with “Broadway Danny Rose,” “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors” and “Husbands and Wives.”

1980: Farrow adopts Moses Farrow, 2, from South Korea. He’s her seventh little one and the primary adopted after her divorce from Previn.

July 11, 1985: Farrow adopts toddler daughter Dylan, who was born in Texas.

Dec. 19, 1987: Farrow provides beginning to son Ronan Farrow, then generally known as Satchel. Allen is presumed to be the daddy. Allen stated in an announcement on the time: “Mia’s positive. The child is ok. The one drawback is he seems to be like Edward G. Robinson.” (By way of the years, there could be hypothesis that Ronan was fathered by Frank Sinatra, Mia’s first husband.) Farrow and Allen weren’t married.

December 1991: Allen adopts Dylan and Moses. In keeping with subsequent court docket testimony it’s round this time that Allen, then 56, begins a sexual relationship with Quickly-Yi, 21.

Jan. 13, 1992: Farrow finds out concerning the relationship when she discovers nude images of Quickly-Yi in Allen’s residence. In “Allen v. Farrow,” she describes the pictures as “Hustler” graphic, versus “Playboy” graphic.

Woody Allen and Mia Farrow appear in a scene from the 1989 movie "Crimes and Misdemeanors."

Woody Allen and Mia Farrow seem in a scene from the 1989 film “Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

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August 4, 1992: Dylan claims Allen sexually abused her on this present day when she was 7 years outdated. Farrow begins filming Dylan discussing the abuse on the household camcorder.

August 13, 1992: Allen sues Farrow for custody of Ronan, Dylan and Moses.

August 17, 1992: Allen confirms his relationship with Quickly-Yi in an announcement.

August 18, 1992: Allen delivers a public assertion at New York’s Plaza Resort calling the allegations of kid molestation “false and outrageous.” Within the assertion, Allen claims that Farrow has coached Dylan to make the accusation as a part of the couple’s custody battle. The frequent quotation of such “parental alienation” as a protection in opposition to little one abuse allegations in custody proceedings is available in for sharp criticism from little one welfare and authorized specialists in “Allen v. Farrow.”

August 25, 1992: As a part of a media battle with Farrow outlined within the docuseries, Allen sits for an in depth interview with the Los Angeles Occasions. The paper compares the acrimonious cut up to “the bitter divorce of actual property developer Donald Trump and his spouse, Ivana.” “I believe that is worse,” Allen remarks of the comparability.

Sept. 18, 1992: “Husbands and Wives,” Allen and Farrow’s remaining movie collectively, is launched in U.S. theaters. The movie stars Allen and Farrow as Gabe and Judy, a pair whose marriage unravels simply as Gabe, a writing professor, begins a flirtation with considered one of his college students, performed by Juliette Lewis. As Allen instructed The Occasions in a profile printed shortly after he accomplished filming, “It got here out very near what I needed to do.”

Sept. 21, 1992: The frenzy round Allen and Farrow results in packed homes for the opening weekend of “Husbands and Wives,” The Occasions stories. “The most important response” at a number of Los Angeles-area screenings “got here at first of the movie, nonetheless, when Allen’s directorial credit score acquired an equal share of cheers and hisses,” writes reporter Ryan Murphy.

Mia Farrow, center, with her children. From left, Daisy, Fletcher, Soon-Yi and Lark.

Mia Farrow, heart, together with her kids. From left, Daisy, Fletcher, Quickly-Yi and Lark.


March 19, 1993: The custody trial in Allen vs. Farrow begins.

June 7, 1993: Mia Farrow wins custody of Ronan, Dylan and Moses. Allen is denied visitation rights with Dylan. In his ruling, New York State Supreme Courtroom Justice Elliott Wilk describes Allen as “self-absorbed, untrustworthy and insensitive,” and had “demonstrated no parenting expertise that may qualify him as an enough custodian” of the three kids. Against this, Wilk known as Farrow “a caring and loving mom who has offered a house for each her organic and her adopted kids.”

December 23, 1997: Allen marries Quickly-Yi in Venice, Italy.

Feb. 1, 2014: Dylan writes an open letter detailing Allen’s alleged abuse, which Occasions columnist Nicholas Kristof posts to his weblog. “What’s your favourite Woody Allen film?” the letter begins. “Earlier than you reply, you must know: after I was seven years outdated, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me right into a dim, closet-like attic on the second flooring of our home. He instructed me to put on my abdomen and play with my brother’s electrical prepare set. Then he sexually assaulted me.”

Feb. 5, 2014: In an interview with Folks journal shortly after Dylan’s letter, Moses defends Allen. Moses additionally alleges that his mom was bodily abusive in direction of him as a baby and echoes Allen’s declare throughout the custody battle that Dylan’s allegations had been coached by Mia as “a vengeful approach to pay him again for falling in love with Quickly-Yi.”

Dec. 7. 2017: Dylan Farrow publishes a Los Angeles Occasions op-ed, “Why has the #MeToo revolution spared Woody Allen?” Simply two months after stories of a sample of sexual harassment and assault by movie producer Harvey Weinstein sparked the #MeToo motion, Farrow responds to the discharge of Allen’s newest movie, “Surprise Wheel” by writing, “Why is it that Harvey Weinstein and different accused celebrities have been forged out by Hollywood, whereas Allen lately secured a multimillion-dollar distribution cope with Amazon, greenlit by former Amazon Studios govt Roy Worth earlier than he was suspended over sexual misconduct allegations?”

Feb. 21, 2021: “Allen v. Farrow” premieres. Occasions TV critic Lorraine Ali calls the four-part docuseries “a complete, convincing and finally devastating documentary that threatens to burn what’s left of [Allen’s] profession and legacy to the bottom.”

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