Over the previous a number of weeks, audiences have been watching—and endlessly debating—Allen v. Farrow, the eye-opening HBO docuseries analyzing Dylan Farrow’s allegation that on Aug. 4, 1992, her adoptive father, Woody Allen, took a 7-year-old Dylan as much as the attic of their Connecticut nation house and molested her.
The movie, whose fourth and ultimate chapter airs Sunday, March 14, supplies testimony from quite a few members of the Farrow-Previn clan, together with Dylan, her brother Ronan, and their mother Mia; eyewitness accounts from household associates, neighbors, and employed assist; interviews with state and metropolis officers in New York and Connecticut; never-before-heard recordings of telephone calls between Woody and Mia; and unearthed paperwork from the New York and Connecticut investigations into Dylan’s welfare. (Allen and Quickly-Yi, who declined to take part within the collection, launched a written assertion by Allen’s sister calling it “a hatchet job riddled with falsehoods” and the abuse declare “categorically false.”)
Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, the filmmaking team behind Allen v. Farrow, really feel that the Annie Corridor filmmaker, whose habits towards Dylan was deemed “grossly inappropriate” by a choose within the child-custody trial he misplaced, shouldn’t merely disguise behind a ready assertion. “Should you had nothing to cover, and also you have been actually being falsely maligned, wouldn’t you wish to communicate to journalists?” Ziering told The Daily Beast. “What are you afraid of?”
One factor Woody Allen just isn’t afraid of is defending highly effective males who’ve been credibly accused of sexual misconduct. He’s served as one in all Roman Polanski’s most vocal defenders, saying the fugitive filmmaker is “a pleasant particular person” who’s “paid his dues” for raping a 13-year-old woman after which fleeing the nation, and within the instant wake of the sexual assault allegations in opposition to Harvey Weinstein, accused the film mogul’s victims of conducting “a witch hunt” against him, earlier than strolling it again.
After which there’s his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.
It’s not clear when Allen and Epstein first crossed paths, although the 2 have been longtime associates and neighbors on Manhattan’s Higher East Aspect for years. The director and his spouse, Quickly-Yi Previn, have been photographed a couple of instances leaving the financier’s townhouse—together with in September 2013, 5 years after Epstein pleaded responsible to child prostitution charges, when a Page Six headline declared: “Woody Allen buddies round with child-sex creep.”
Epstein “was hugging him and speaking near his ear,” and “had his arm on Woody’s shoulder,” one witness informed the tabloid, including that the buddies appeared to get pleasure from a stroll down Madison Avenue earlier than arriving at Epstein’s seven-story mansion.
Diplomat Terje Rød-Larsen joined this stroll, alongside along with his pal, filmmaker Håkon Gundersen, who informed the Norwegian newspaper DN final October: “I heard that Epstein knew Woody Allen and several other different well-known movie producers. With my background, I assumed it was very attention-grabbing.”
When Allen arrived, Epstein allegedly informed Gundersen, “Right here you’ll meet another person who can also be very concerned with movie.” Gundersen mentioned all of them visited Central Park for about two hours that day earlier than heading again to Epstein’s house. (Woody Allen and Quickly-Yi didn’t reply to a number of requests for remark for this story.)
Across the identical time, Epstein hosted one other dinner at his New York house, the place he launched Allen to a connection at MIT. Joi Ito, former director of the MIT Media Lab, “met different influential people at conferences with Epstein, together with Woody Allen, a senior govt on the Hyatt Company, and a former prime minister of Israel,” according to a report commissioned by the varsity on its ties to Epstein.
MIT employees even raised the chance that Epstein would carry Allen to campus throughout his October 2013 go to. “Ito expressed concern that inviting Epstein and Woody Allen to campus might create a public relations headache for MIT,” the report states. Apparently citing the Web page Six story, Ito tried to dissuade Epstein from bringing Allen. “Because you two have been simply within the information not too long ago, I’m wondering if that is likely to be unhealthy,” Ito emailed the financier.
But Allen apparently had no qualms about consorting with a convicted intercourse offender who served jail time in 2008 and 2009 for soliciting an underage woman, and appeared to remain near him till his demise. In New York, Epstein was registered as a Degree three offender, that means he was a menace to public security and at excessive threat for committing comparable crimes once more.
The duo additionally reportedly had one other mutual pal: Allen’s former teenage mistress, mannequin Christina Engelhardt, who was 16 when she started relationship the director in 1976. Their secret relationship lasted eight years, in response to The Hollywood Reporter.
Engelhardt tells The Each day Beast that she labored as a private assistant for Epstein within the early 1980s, again when he was “solely a millionaire” and “wasn’t there but” when it got here to sex-trafficking underage ladies. She says she informed Epstein that she’d dated Allen, however that the 2 New Yorkers weren’t pleasant but.
“Nothing surprises me with both a type of males,” Engelhardt gives. “I nonetheless am shocked that these very proficient individuals select these sadistic paths that carry them down. There’s nothing good about it.”
Working for Epstein ultimately grew to become poisonous, and Engelhardt determined to flee to Italy to function an assistant (and muse) to director Federico Fellini, whom she says was a stunning man. As for her time with Allen and Epstein, Engelhardt says, “I escaped one monster and ran away from the opposite.”
“Woody is a unhealthy man,” she provides. “And the documentary actually helped open my eyes to simply how unhealthy.”
In December 2010, Allen attended a lavish dinner at Epstein’s residence toasting Britain’s Prince Andrew, who faces abuse accusations himself from Virginia Roberts Giuffre, an alleged sufferer of Epstein’s. Different celebrity guests on the soiree included TV journalists Katie Couric, Charlie Rose, and George Stephanopoulos, publicist Peggy Siegal, and comic Chelsea Handler.
Again then, Daily Mail columnist Richard Kay reported that “Andrew was in [a] jolly temper… particularly when different visitors, together with Hollywood star Woody Allen, requested him for an invitation to” the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
“Nothing surprises me with both a type of males. I nonetheless am shocked that these very proficient individuals select these sadistic paths that carry them down. There’s nothing good about it.”
Handler recently spoke up concerning the occasion, which she described as “bizarre,” claiming she tagged together with Couric and was seated subsequent to Allen and Quickly-Yi. “Once we bought there I used to be like, what is that this gathering?” Handler not too long ago mentioned on Rob Lowe’s podcast. “We had dinner and it was so awkward and so bizarre. I used to be like, what are we doing right here? After which I requested Woody Allen how he and Quickly-Yi met and that was once I left.”
“I actually was curious!” Handler added. “I had forgotten for a second… however because it got here out of my mouth, I knew that it was too late.” Allen, nevertheless, was apparently amused. “And he beloved it, and Quickly-Yi, I don’t assume she heard it…”
Epstein reportedly embellished his New York house with photographs of himself and well-known associates, together with Allen, former President Clinton, and Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia who ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Following Epstein’s suicide while awaiting trial on expenses of sex-trafficking minors, New York Times scribe James B. Stewart detailed visiting Epstein’s Manhattan mansion in August 2018, and recognizing the snapshots with Allen and Clinton. “Displaying photographs of celebrities who had been caught up in intercourse scandals of their very own additionally struck me as odd,” Stewart wrote, including that Epstein referred to as him per week later and invited him to a Saturday dinner with Allen. The reporter declined.
“The overriding impression I took away from our roughly 90-minute dialog was that Mr. Epstein knew an astonishing variety of wealthy, well-known and highly effective individuals, and had photographs to show it,” Stewart continued. “He additionally claimed to know an awesome deal about these individuals, a few of it probably damaging or embarrassing, together with particulars about their supposed sexual proclivities and leisure drug use.”
Allen wasn’t Epstein’s solely Hollywood connection. The financier was pleasant with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who allegedly tried to assault a girl in Epstein’s orbit. His rolodex included a number of different celebrities together with media investor Ron Burkle and actors like Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin, Elizabeth Hurley, and Minnie Driver.
As The Daily Beast previously reported, Epstein and Allen additionally had mutual associates in Paris. Former French politician Jack Lang—who’s publicly defended Allen amid Dylan’s little one sexual abuse allegations—claimed he met Epstein in 2012 at a celebration hosted by Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies. The socialite threw the social gathering in Allen’s honor.
One sufferer of Epstein even talked about assembly Allen in a lawsuit she filed in opposition to the financier’s property. The girl, known as Priscilla Doe, says she was a 20-year-old dancer in New York when Epstein started abusing her in 2006 till 2012—together with when he was on “work launch” on the Palm Seaside County lockup.
“On one event, Jeffrey Epstein pressured [Priscilla Doe] to serve hors d’oeuvres at Epstein’s personal social gathering with Woody Allen,” Doe’s lawsuit states. “This server’s function was pressured upon [her] with a purpose to demean her, frighten her, and impress upon her the necessity for her to hide the business intercourse trafficking enterprise he was working.”
Requested about Doe’s criticism, her lawyer Brad Edwards mentioned, “Woody was a really shut pal of Epstein’s. They frolicked fairly steadily. I can’t remark past that.”