Vanity Fair: Woody Allen's Adopted Daughter Recalls Director's Alleged Abuse

After 20 years, Vanity Fair special correspondent Maureen Orth has revisited the charges of child abuse against Woody Allen in another interview with his former partner, Mia Farrow, and there are some shocking revelations.

Farrow admits that there is a possibility that Ronan Farrow, her supposed biological son by Allen, may in reality be the biological son of her former husband Frank Sinatra, of whom she said, “We never really split up.”

Ronan was born on December 19, 1987; Sinatra and Farrow were divorced in 1968. Nancy Sinatra Jr. has said of Ronan, “He is a big part of us, and we are blessed to have him in our lives.”

But the most disturbing part of the article revolves around Allen’s relationship with his adopted daughter Dylan, whom he and Farrow adopted and was born July 11, 1985. In Orth’s 1992 piece, she wrote that Allen was fixated on her and "could not seem to keep his hands off her.” Orth added that according to several sources, “Woody, wearing just underwear, would take Dylan to bed with him and entwine his body around hers.” Orth continued:

One summer day in Connecticut, when Dylan was four and Woody was applying suntan lotion to her nude body, he alarmed Mia’s mother, actress Maureen O’Sullivan, and sister Tisa Farrow when he began rubbing his finger in the crack between her buttocks. Mia grabbed the lotion out of his hand, and O’Sullivan asked, “How do you want to be remembered by your children?” “As a good father,” Woody answered.

In the new article, Orth spoke with Dylan, now 28 years old, Dylan, who didn’t testify because she was a child at the time and now goes by another name, told Orth that she refuses to say Allen’s name, that her fears are “crippling” and says:

I’m scared of him, his image . . . I have never been asked to testify. If I could talk to the seven-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. 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.

Dylan told Orth that Allen surreptitiously sent her pictures in the mail under a false name so she would open the package which included photographs of Allen's family. The famed director wrote that he still thinks of her as part of his family, as do his daughters.

Dylan comments, “How do your daughters think of me as their sister? How does that work?”

Farrow’s second husband, André Previn, the adoptive father of Allen’s wife Soon-Yi, who had an affair with Allen while he was with Farrow and is now married to Allen, said of Soon-Yi, “She does not exist.” Previn’s biological son with Farrow, Fletcher, told Orth that he has photoshopped Allen out of every family photo and deleted him from family videos.

Orth reveals that Allen hired private investigators to try to dip up dirt on the troopers involved in the sexual-abuse case.


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