Dylan Farrow says she doesn’t feel like she has a father: ‘Or is he my brother-in-law?’

'There’s no support group for people whose sisters marry their fathers,' said Farrow

Louis Chilton
Wednesday 10 February 2021 15:41
Dylan Farrow accuses Woody Allen of sexual assault for the first time on television

Dylan Farrow, the estranged adoptive daughter of filmmaker Woody Allen, has said that she doesn't "feel like I have a father" in a new interview.

Allen and his then-partner, the actor Mia Farrow, adopted Farrow when she was a baby, with custody transferring exclusively to Mia after a contentious and highly publicised legal battle in the early Nineties.

Farrow accused Allen of molesting her when she was a young child, allegations which Allen has always denied.

Farrow, who is now a novelist, made reference to Allen's relationship with his wife Soon-Yi Previn, one of Mia's adoptive daughters from her previous marriage to Andre Previn.

“I don’t feel like I have a father,” Farrow said, speaking to Elle. “There’s no support group for people whose sisters marry their fathers. Or is he my brother-in-law? And is she my stepmom? I’ve got to joke about it!”

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Farrow's new YA book, Hush, includes themes that draw from the author's own life, with the Elle interview highlighting a section in which the protagonist is "gaslighted".

However, Farrow insisted that readers should resist drawing direct parallels with her life.

“As I keep having to assert,” she said, “I do know the difference between fiction and reality.”

The allegations against Allen are also the focus of a new four-part HBO documentary, entitled Allen v Farrow, which premieres in the US on 21 February.

Allen has never been charged in relation with Dylan Farrow’s allegations, and has consistently maintained his innocence. In a 1993 custody ruling published in full by The Huffington Post in 2014, a judge wrote that “we will probably never know what occurred on [the date of the alleged abuse] 4 August 1992”, adding that “Mr Allen’s behaviour toward Farrow was grossly inappropriate” and “measures must be taken to protect her”.

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