Woody Allen has long denied molesting his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was a child and he believes the idea of framing him came from the lyrics of a song titled “ With My Dad in the Attic. ”
The allegations against the Oscar-winning filmmaker have come to light again after the release of an HBO documentary this week that re-examines the decades-old allegation that he abused Dylan in the attic of their home when she was seven .
Allen has long claimed that his ex Mia Farrow made up the claim against him and planted them in Dylan’s mind after learning that he was having an affair with the actress’s then 22-year-old adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn.
The 85-year-old filmmaker is now married to Soon-Yi.
He has previously claimed that the lyrics of a song written by Dory Previn, the ex-wife of Soon-Yi’s father Andre Previn, prove his innocence.
The allegations against Woody Allen have come to light again after the release of an HBO documentary this week re-examining the decades-old allegation that he abused his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. Allen is pictured with his wife Soon-Yi Previn in New York City
When their marriage broke up in the 1960s following Andre’s affair with Mia Farrow, Dory wrote a series of songs after he broke up and was institutionalized for several months.
Allen, who began dating Mia a decade later, wrote in his 2020 memoir that Dory reached out to him in the 1990s to warn him about the actress while they were embroiled in a bitter custody battle.
Allen says the idea of accusing him of assault came from the lyrics of a song entitled ‘With my daddy in the attic’ written by Dory Previn (above), the ex-wife of Soon-Yi’s father Andre Previn.
“She warned me about a song she’d written, the lyrics of which referred to a meeting between a little girl and her father in the attic,” Allen wrote.
“She told me Mia would sing it, and she was sure that’s why Mia had the idea of locating a false allegation of sexual assault in the attic.”
The song – titled ‘With My Dad in the Attic’ – features the lyrics, ‘That’s Where My Dark Attraction Lies’ and ‘With No Window Spying on Neighbors’.
Another line from the song says, “With the door closed to my mom and my sibling competition.”
One of Dory’s other songs – “Beware of Little Girls” – was about Mia Farrow.
Before referring to the lyrics in his memoirs, Allen also spoke about Dory’s song in a 2014 New York Times op-ed, where he said, “I don’t know.”
The song was released ten years before Allen first started dating Mia.
Allen has long claimed that his ex Mia Farrow (pictured together in 1983) made up the claim against him and planted them in Dylan’s head after learning that he was having an affair with the then 22-year-old adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn of the actress.
Mia Farrow, 76, can be seen above during an interview with HBO as part of a four-part docuseries Allen v. Farrow. The first episode was broadcast on Sunday
The documentary features a never-before-seen video Mia made in 1992 of a then seven-year-old Dylan, describing how Allen allegedly ‘touched her genitals’.
In the video, made by Mia, Dylan claims that Allen said to her, “Don’t move, I have to do this,” while touching her in the attic of the family’s mansion.
“I didn’t want him to, Mom,” she has heard her mother tell of the incident. ‘I did not like it.’
The four-time Oscar-winning director has repeatedly denied abusing Dylan.
Allen has never been arrested or prosecuted for the sexual abuse allegation against Dylan, which was first made in 1993.
It was being investigated at the time by Connecticut state police, where Mia Farrow and her children lived.
The allegations are featured in the HBO series, Allen v. Farrow, which aired its first episode Sunday night.
Allen has dismissed the documentary as an ‘ax job’ that is ‘riddled with untruths’.
Pictured left to right: Allen, Dylan, Ronan Farrow, Daisy Previn, Soon Yi Previn and Moses Farrow with Mia on the far right
Farrow remembers her shock when she discovered that what she said were “pornographic” photos of her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn (seen right), taken by Farrow’s then-boyfriend, Woody Allen (left). According to the documentary, Farrow found the photos in Allen’s New York City apartment in January 1992
He also claims that those behind the documentary ‘collaborated’ with his ex Mia Farrow to produce the ‘hit piece’.
“These documentary makers had no interest in the truth,” Allen’s representative said in a statement.
Instead, they secretly worked with the Farrows and their enablers for years to come up with an ax job full of untruths.
As has been known for decades, these allegations are categorically false. Several authorities investigated them at the time and found that, whatever Dylan Farrow might believe, there was absolutely never any abuse. ‘
Allen claims he and his wife were approached about the documentary less than two months ago and were given ‘just a matter of days’ to respond.
However, the documentary’s producer, Amy Herdy, claims she reached out as far back as June 2018.
The pair also suggested that HBO’s business dealings with his estranged son Ronan Farrow, who signed a multi-film production contract with HBO in 2018, are evidence that the documentary is biased.
“Not surprisingly, unfortunately, the network that is broadcasting this is HBO – which has a fixed production deal and business relationship with Ronan Farrow,” Allen’s representative said.
“While this shoddy hit piece may turn heads, it doesn’t change the facts.”