- 1 Background
- 2 Relationship to #Pizzagate
Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg; December 1, 1935) is an American actor, author, filmmaker, comedian, playwright, and musician, whose career spans more than six decades.
He worked as a comedy writer in the 1950s, writing jokes and scripts for television and publishing several books of short humor pieces. In the early 1960s, Allen began performing as a stand-up comedian, emphasizing monologues rather than traditional jokes. As a comedian, he developed the persona of an insecure, intellectual, fretful nebbish, which he maintains is quite different from his real-life personality. In 2004, Comedy Central ranked Allen in fourth place on a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians, while a UK survey ranked Allen as the third greatest comedian.
By the mid-1960s Allen was writing and directing films, first specializing in slapstick comedies before moving into dramatic material influenced by European art cinema during the 1970s, and alternating between comedies and dramas to the present. He is often identified as part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmakers of the mid-1960s to late 1970s. Allen often stars in his films, typically in the persona he developed as a standup. Some of the best-known of his over 40 films are Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979), and Hannah and Her Sisters (1986). In 2007 he said Stardust Memories (1980), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), and Match Point (2005) were his best films. Critic Roger Ebert described Allen as "a treasure of the cinema."
Allen won four Academy Awards: three for Best Original Screenplay and one for Best Director (Annie Hall). He also won nine British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards. His screenplay for Annie Hall was named the funniest screenplay by the Writers Guild of America in its list of the "101 Funniest Screenplays." In 2011, PBS televised the film biography Woody Allen: A Documentary on the American Masters TV series.
Sex abuse allegations
Allen and Farrow engaged in a heated and emotionally damaging custody battle after they broke up in January 1992, during which time Farrow alleged that he once sexually abused their daughter, which he has denied. In August 1992, Allen visited his children at Farrow's home by mutual arrangement while she went shopping. Dylan, his seven-year-old daughter, later told Mia Farrow that he molested her during that visit. Farrow filed a complaint with the police. Dylan said that the abuse took place in the attic. In 2014, Dylan's older brother, Moses, denied that abuse in the attic was possible, saying that there were several people present in the house during Allen's entire visit and "no one, not my father or sister, was off in any private spaces".
The case was closed in 1993 after a seven-month probe by a police-appointed medical team concluded that Dylan had not been molested. Among the reasons cited for the team's conclusion were the contradictory statements made by Dylan and that her statements had a "rehearsed quality". The judge eventually found that "the sex abuse findings were inconclusive, but he would err on the side of caution and bar visitation between Dylan and Mr. Allen." In addition, investigators with the New York Department of Social Services closed their own 14-month investigation after their similar conclusion, namely that: "No credible evidence was found that the child named in this report has been abused or maltreated." Allen was interviewed by 60 Minutes a few months following the allegation, when he described the custody battle, heated exchanges, and the allegations.
In February 2014, Dylan Farrow repeated the allegation in an open letter published by Nicholas Kristof, one of Farrow's friends, in his New York Times blog. She alleged that Allen had treated her in a way that made her physically uncomfortable "for as long as [she] could remember", citing occasions when he got in bed with her in his underwear. Allen again repeated his denial of the allegation, calling them "untrue and disgraceful", and followed with his own response in The New York Times. Dylan's brother, Moses, currently a family therapist, told People magazine, "Of course Woody did not molest my sister... She loved him and looked forward to seeing him when he would visit." He claimed that their mother had manipulated her children into hating Allen as "a vengeful way to pay him back for falling in love with Soon-Yi." Dylan denies she was ever coached by her mother and stands by her allegations. Several of Farrow's other children have spoken out in support of Dylan.
Additional Relevant Facts
Further Details on Allegations of pedophilia by former wife, Mia Farrow
From Vanity Fair article, Momma Mia, by Maureen Orth, in November 2013:
Only a month earlier, in December 1991, [Woody] Allen had formally adopted two of Mia [Farrow]’s children, 15-year-old Moses and 7-year-old Dylan, even though [Allen] was in therapy for inappropriate behavior toward Dylan. In August 1992, after disappearing with Allen in Mia’s Connecticut country house and reappearing without underpants, Dylan told her mother that Allen had stuck his finger up her vagina and kissed her all over in the attic, charges Allen has always vociferously denied. Anxious that Allen might cause her harm, Mia told me, she confessed her fears on the phone to [Frank] Sinatra. “Don’t worry about it,” he said, and shortly thereafter she got a call from a man who told her, “Don’t talk on the phone. Meet me at 72nd and Columbus Tuesday at 11 A.M. I’m in a gray sedan.” “I had to be sure I understood,” Mia recalled. “I even looked up the word ‘sedan.’ ” The car pulled up at the appointed hour; the back door flew open, and the driver motioned for her to get in. He didn’t even turn around. “What’s the problem?” he asked. “I just started babbling,” Mia said. “ ‘I’m afraid he’s going to have me killed—have somebody else do it. He’ll have me run off the road.’ Woody just seemed so powerful then. He had an entire floor for his publicity at his publicists’. His driver on his movies was a Teamster, whose brother-in-law was Mickey Featherstone” (a confessed murderer and enforcer for an Irish Mafia gang). “The Teamsters?” the driver said dismissively. “Don’t worry about it. We own the Teamsters.” He gave her names and phone numbers in three cities to call should she ever feel in danger. “I remember babbling, ‘Thank you, thank you.’ Off he went, and I did feel safer.”
Dylan Farrow speaks out against Allen
On February 1st, 2014, Dylan Farrow would write an open letter to the NY Times against Allen.
Ronan Farrow comes out against Allen
In 2016, Ronan Farrow would come out against Woody Allen for the first time.
The Hollywood Reporter, My Father, Woody Allen, and the Danger of Questions Unasked (Guest Column), by Ronan Farrow, published on May 11, 2016.
Relationship with a possibly underage Soon-Yi Previn
Soon-Yi Previn was reportedly born in 1970, though her age is unclear. Based on bone scans done when Previn was adopted in 1978, she was between 5 and 7 years old, thus she could have been born from 1970, at the earliest, through 1973 at the latest. Allen began his relationship with Previn "in the late 80's." Depending on the year of Previn's birth, Previn may have been underage at the beginning of her relationship with Allen.
Relationship to #Pizzagate
Connection to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, Chelsea Handler, Katie Couric
From the Daily Beast article, Jeffrey Epstein's Society Friends Close Ranks, by Alexandra Wolfe on April 1, 2011:
On the evening of December 2nd, 2010, a handful of America's media and entertainment elite—including TV anchors Katie Couric and George Stephanopoulos, comedienne Chelsea Handler, and director Woody Allen—convened around the dinner table of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. It wasn't just any dining room, but part of a sprawling nine-story townhouse that once housed an entire preparatory school. And it wasn't just any sex offender, but an enigmatic billionaire who had once flown the likes of former President Bill Clinton and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak around the world on his own Boeing 727. Last spring, Epstein completed a 13-month sentence for soliciting prostitution from a minor in Palm Beach. Now he was hosting a party for his close friend, Britain's Prince Andrew, fourth in line to the throne.