A new documentary series on the HBO network, Allen v. Farrow, paints a damning picture of Oscar-winning director Woody Allen, particularly regarding his alleged sexual abuse of young adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow.
Even if the four-part series contains no major revelations, it seems certain to further sully the already battered reputation of the aging New York filmmaker.
Respected documentary directors Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering delve into Allen's past, using testimony and legal documents—some not previously seen —to dig deeper than anyone before them.
Dylan Farrow has accused Allen of sexually abusing her in August 1992, when she was only seven years old -- an allegation he has always denied.
The documentary draws a line between the alleged abuse of Dylan and Allen's relationship with the adoptive daughter of his then-partner Mia Farrow, Soon-Yi Previn, who is now his wife.
More generally, the series examines his attraction to young girls. The documentary cites court documents and testimony indicating that Allen had sexual relations with Soon-Yi while she was a minor.
Sixteen when they met, she is now 50; Allen is 35 years her senior.
On top of those disturbing elements, Allen v. Farrow details Allen's supposed penchant for manipulation—in particular of the press—as he sought to undercut the damaging accusations and discredit Mia Farrow.
The film strongly implies that he might have successfully derailed the two official investigations into the matter, neither of which resulted in charges being filed.
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