A look back at a two-decade saga: The allegations against Woody Allen

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FILE - In this July 14, 2011 file photo, filmmaker Woody Allen is shown on the set of his movie "The Bop Decameron" in Rome. Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Allen and Mia Farrow, penned an emotional open letter, accusing Hollywood of callously lionizing Allen, who she claims abused her. The letter revived in stunning detail an allegation more than two decades old. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)

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After a seven-month probe, a team of child-abuse specialists at Yale-New Haven Hospital concludes Dylan has not been molested. The doctor leading the probe, John M. Leventhal, will later say in a sworn statement, reported by The New York Times, that he theorized Dylan either invented the story or had it planted in her mind by her mother. A day later the custody trial opens in New York. Allen testifies he is a "wonderful father."


MAY 1993:

The seven-week trial winds down. Among its many revelations: Moses wrote Allen a letter saying he hoped his father would kill himself. Farrow acknowledges lashing out physically at Soon-Yi. Allen's lawyers suggest Farrow tried to blackmail Allen for millions of dollars. A psychologist testifies that Farrow threatened to stab Allen's eyes out.


JUNE 1993:

Allen loses his custody battle. State Supreme Court Acting Justice Elliott Wilk denounces him as an inadequate, irresponsible and self-absorbed father. The judge says he doesn't know if the molestation happened, but bars Allen from seeing Dylan for at least six months and limits visits with other children. He also criticizes the Connecticut investigation that found no abuse.



In Litchfield, Conn., State's Attorney Frank Maco says there was "probable cause" to charge Allen with molesting Dylan and that police had drawn up an arrest warrant, but that he decided not to pursue the case, in part because it would traumatize Dylan. At his own news conference, Allen lashes out at Farrow, police and Maco. The director, who hasn't seen Dylan in 14 months, reads her a message: "I'm sorry I missed your eighth birthday ... I love you, and I miss you, and don't worry — the dark forces will not prevail."


MAY 1994:

Allen's appeal of the custody ruling is denied.



A judge denies Allen's request for better visitation terms, and says Allen still doesn't understand how he's made the children suffer.


JUNE 1997:

Allen loses his bid for disciplinary action against Maco when a state panel rules that the prosecutor was acting within his rights when he announced he had evidence Allen had abused Dylan. Allen had charged that Maco's statement essentially convicted him of child abuse and prejudiced his custody fight.



Allen marries Soon-Yi in Venice, Italy. The couple continues on to France, where the newspaper Le Monde describes the American reaction to Farrow's charges as "the outrage of a certain America, family-oriented and puritanical, against a man that didn't conform enough..." Allen and Soon-Yi will go on to adopt two daughters, Bechet and Manzie.



Allen wins his fourth Oscar for "Midnight in Paris."



In Vanity Fair, Dylan Farrow gives author Orth her first comments on the record, saying in part: "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."



Allen gets the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes; as is his practice, he doesn't attend. Ronan Farrow tweets: "Did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?" Mia Farrow tweets the next day: "A woman has publicly detailed Woody Allen's molestation of her at age 7. Golden Globe tribute showed contempt for her & all abuse survivors." (Robert Weide, director and producer of a PBS documentary about Allen, notes in a widely circulated article on The Daily Beast that Farrow had specifically agreed to the use of her "Purple Rose of Cairo" clip in the Globe montage.)



Dylan Farrow pens her open letter, which appears on the blog of New York Times columnist and Mia Farrow friend Nicholas Kristof. "Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse," she writes. Allen's publicist responds: "Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful." Two days later Mia Farrow tweets: "I love my daughter. I will always protect her. A lot of ugliness is going to be aimed at me. But this is not about me, it's about her truth."

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