26. Tam hated him.
Besides the unannounced visits to the bedroom she shared with Dylan, Allen “never ever spoke to her”, encouraged Satchel to “pull her hair” and never bought her a single gift. Satchel and Dylan would get routinely spoiled and she would get nothing.
27. He wanted Farrow to lie to the public about their troubled, dying relationship.
By the mid-summer of 1992, several weeks before the release of Husbands And Wives, rumours were circulating in the press about Allen and Farrow’s deteriorating relationship “and that it had something to do with one of my daughters”. The panic-stricken filmmaker had his “people” trying to deny the early reports. He even went so far as to ask Farrow “to issue a joint press release” that painted as rosy a picture of their relationship as humanly possible.
Farrow wasn’t interested in saying anything about his moral failings, nor would she lie.
Allen then warned her if she didn’t cooperate, he was going to defend himself (“I told him his position was indefensible”) and publicly declare his love for Soon-Yi. After making his desperate pitch for the press release and reminding her of their upcoming film shoot (Manhattan Murder Mystery which Farrow ultimately backed out of), he said with all seriousness, “If that can be done, there’s no limit to what we can have together…”
Farrow’s reply: “I don’t feel very safe with you.”
28. Allen couldn’t defend himself when Farrow confronted him about Dylan’s accusations.
“Where were you when everybody looked all over the house? If you weren’t in the attic [with Dylan], where were you?” Allen “stumbled and stuttered, but he wouldn’t answer my question.” She kept asking it over and over again. “I asked him every which way, maybe twenty times: ‘Woody, just tell me where you were.’ But he would not answer me.”
29. He made numerous false accusations in his fruitless child custody petition.
When he wasn’t erroneously accusing Farrow of physical abuse towards her kids and being “emotionally disturbed”, he also defended himself from a non-existent sexual abuse claim from Satchel (Allen did try to twist his leg in a furious rage once, however) whose birth month he got wrong. (He said it was September when he was really born in December.) He also wrongly claimed that Farrow was hoping to adopt two more blind children. She wasn’t.
30. Faced with incriminating DNA evidence he reluctantly admitted to being up in Farrow’s attic.
Despite telling the media he was too “claustrophobic” to spend any time in Farrow’s summer home attic, after police found samples of his hair up there he gave a different explanation under oath during the custody trial:
“Mia showed me the crawl space up there. I’m not saying I didn’t pop in and say it’s a very nice place and search it. By the way, I may have reached in.”
31. Farrow’s lawyer warned her about Allen’s nosey private investigators.
Farrow and her family were told “to be wary of new friends. The house might be bugged…and the car; the phone could be tapped, and there might be a transmitter near the house.” And forget about accepting flowers.
While it’s not certain whether any of that actually happened, Allen’s team did get in touch with Farrow’s babysitters and even interviewed members of his own film crew, hoping to get useable dirt. They even bothered Farrow’s brother in Vermont.
A mysterious voice on the phone ominously warned about a possible vehicular accident. (“Watch out for yourself on the road.”) And for three straight Sundays, their garbage was confiscated by somebody in a “grey car”.
32. He was an unapologetic jerk during his last phone conversation with Farrow.
“When I begged him for the children’s sake to stop the publicity circus, he told me he hadn’t even begun…” Allen went on to absurdly claim that she had become “the laughing stock of the country” and “by the time I’m finished with you, there will be nothing left.” After Farrow reminded him that he wouldn’t get away with any of his lies in court, he arrogantly replied, “It doesn’t matter what’s true; all that matters is what’s believed.”
Curiously, in an earlier conversation, he said, “Is there any way out? I just want to be friends.”
Farrow’s appropriate reply: “You’re crazy, Woody.”
33. He wouldn’t agree to a supervised visit with Satchel unless he could also see Dylan.
The New York State Supreme Court granted him the right to see his biological son with proper supervision but not his daughter for obvious reasons. Allen was so upset about this he refused to visit Satchel unless he could be with Dylan as well. The court refused to give him what he wanted. As a result, Allen didn’t want to any spend time with either of them. He wanted to see both or neither. The incredulous NY State Justice presiding over the case remarked, “I find that bizarre.”
34. During the custody battle he falsely attributed a submitted drawing he made to Satchel.
In a pathetic attempt to paint Farrow in an unmotherly light Allen claimed under oath his biological son drew a picture “of a heart with five faces inside and names beneath them: Satchel, Dylan, Moses, Mommy, and Daddy, drawn with glasses.”
It turns out he made the drawing himself, a fact that came out when Farrow’s attorney cross-examined him. Allen confessed that Satchel only “blackened my face out…drew a heart…drew a line through it and wrote the word no, and crossed out my name.”
35. He repeatedly appealed the child custody decision.
“I have lost count of how many times Woody has brought me back into court to challenge the custody decision or to dispute its visitation restrictions.” He lost every one. In losing the first appeal, the court noted Allen’s “tendency to place inappropriate emphasis on his own wants and needs and to minimize and even ignore those of his children.” Although “the five judges stated that the allegations of sexual abuse of Dylan were inconclusive, they also stated that the testimony at the trial suggested that abuse did occur.”
Even his needlessly petty legal attempt to prevent Farrow from moving her family permanently out of the city was a flop.
36. Farrow’s family hoped to avoid encountering Allen & Soon-Yi as much as humanly possible.
As Farrow and her children worried about running into her ex and their estranged sister in person, they couldn’t avoid their presence on their own Television set. “When the older kids settled in to watch a Knicks game…and the camera suddenly cut to Woody and Soon-Yi, Moses got up and silently left the room. Minutes later the others switched off the set.”
When Fletcher worked a Christmas job “in the packing room at a chic Manhattan clothing store” in late 1993, he was asked to deliver a package to someone in a limousine. When he found out it was intended for Soon-Yi, “Fletcher declined.”
37. His celebrity may have helped end the ongoing New York investigation into his abuse of Dylan.
According to Paul Williams, “the Child Welfare caseworker”, based on his previous “experience…interviewing hundreds of children who had been abused, I concluded that abuse did occur and that there was a prima facie cause to commence family-court proceedings against Woody Allen.”
Indeed, regarding the attic incident alone, Dylan told Farrow herself, “He was kissing me…I got soaked all over the whole body…I had to do what he said. I’m a kid, I have to do whatever the grown-ups say…It hurt, it hurt when he pushed his finger in [my vagina]…He just kept poking it in…” Throughout the ordeal, Allen told her, “Don’t move…I have to do this. If you stay still, we can go to Paris. Don’t tell.” (Not uncoincidentally, the filmmaker had previously suggested to the whole family that they move to Paris.)
Unfortunately, Williams noted, “[M]y superior said that Woody Allen is ‘an influential person’, she talked about his films and his ‘position’.” After “insist[ing] that the case should have been filed”, “[m]anagers at the Child Welfare Agency responded that ‘pressure’ [to drop the case] is coming all the way from the mayor’s office.'” They denied it but Farrow, quite understandably, wasn’t buying it.
The case was dropped and Allen was never charged in New York.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Wednesday, March 19, 2014