Woody Allen and his wife, Soon-Yi Previn, were spotted in public on Friday night in New York City after HBO aired an in-depth documentary delving into allegations he molested his young daughter when she was seven.
The 85-year-old Annie Hall director and his wife, 50, were snapped in a photograph that went viral on Instagram on Friday after they were seen dining at Balthazar, the iconic French brasserie in the SoHo section of Manhattan.
‘I’ve never been as happy at Balthazar as I was last night to see the beautiful Soon-Yi and her husband dining there,’ wrote Keith McNally, the restaurateur who owns Balthazar.
This is the second time that the couple was spotted in public since the documentary aired. The two were seen holding hands as they were walking in Manhattan. Friday’s photo marks the first time the couple was seen socializing.
On Instagram, several commenters expressed disappointment with McNally’s post given that Allen is considered a highly controversial figure in light of the allegations levelled against him by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.
Woody Allen (left) and his wife, Soon-Yi Previn (right), were seen dining at a Manhattan restaurant on Friday night – the first time they were spotted out in public since HBO aired a documentary series about allegations that he sexually abused his adopted daughter when she was seven years old
‘I’ve never been as happy at Balthazar as I was last night to see the beautiful Soon-Yi and her husband dining there,’ wrote Keith McNally, the restaurateur who owns Balthazar
Allen has long denied the claims made by Farrow and her mother, Allen’s former girlfriend and co-star Mia Farrow. He has never been charged with a crime. Mia Farrow is seen above in the HBO docu series Allen v. Farrow
Dylan Farrow (seen above in 2016), whom Allen adopted when he was dating Mia Farrow, has alleged that the Annie Hall director molested her when she was seven years old. Allen has denied the allegations
Allen has long denied the claims made by Farrow and her mother, Allen’s former girlfriend and co-star Mia Farrow. He has never been charged with a crime.
Some reacted with emojis signaling nausea or vomiting while others explicitly stated their views.
‘Read the room,’ one commenter wrote.
Another commenter wrote: ‘This post is so disappointing, I was really enjoying your Instagram up until this point.’
Allen and his wife were seen at the popular French brasserie Balthazar in the SoHo section of Manhattan
On Instagram, several commenters expressed disappointment with McNally’s post given that Allen is considered a highly controversial figure in light of the allegations levelled against him by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow
Another commenter wrote: ‘This post is so disappointing, I was really enjoying your Instagram up until this point.’
‘Wtf,’ wrote another commenter.
‘Yiiiiikes yikes yikes yikes yikes,’ another Instagram user wrote.
Since its opening in 1997, Balthazar has gained a reputation as a favorite among celebrities.
The A-list diners who have eaten there include Calvin Klein, Madonna, Taylor Swift, Cate Blanchett, Lewis Hamilton, Katie Holmes, and David and Victoria Beckham, among others.
Last month, the four-part HBO documentary series Allen v. Farrow shed fresh light on the Hollywood scandal that titillated the tabloids in the early 1990s.
The docuseries aired never-before-seen home video footage of the young Dylan Farrow, who describes how her adoptive father was ‘touching her privates.’
After the docu series aired, Allen addressed the allegations during a pre-taped interview with CBS News.
In February, HBO released footage of Dylan Farrow recounting with clarity an incident in which Allen is said to have asked ‘What about some father-daughter time?’ with her
Dylan Farrow is asked on a 1992 video recording about what happened when she was alone with her adoptive father, Woody Allen
Allen spoke to CBS Sunday Morning on March 28 – the first television interview he granted in more than three decades.
‘I believe she thinks it,’ Allen, 85, told CBS Sunday Morning reporter Lee Cowan. ‘She was a good kid. I do not believe that she’s making it up. I don’t believe she’s lying. I believe she believes that.
‘It’s so preposterous, and yet the smear has remained,’ Allen said. ‘And they still prefer to cling to if not the notion that I molested Dylan, the possibility that I molested her. Nothing that I ever did with Dylan in my life could be misconstrued as that.
‘There was no logic to it, on the face of it. Why would a guy who’s 57-years-old and never accused of anything in my life, I’m suddenly going to drive up in the middle of a contentious custody fight at Mia’s country home (with) a 7-year-old girl. It just – on the surface, I didn’t think it required any investigation, even.’
Woody Allen’s first television interview for three decades has been made available on Paramount Plus
CBS Sunday Morning special was recorded before the release of Allen v. Farrow this year
The special was recorded in July 2020 before the release of Allen v. Farrow earlier this year
In the film, Dylan alleges Allen touched her inappropriately on two occasions when the pair were alone.
According to the documentary, Allen was caught kneeling on the floor with his head buried in Dylan’s lap in August 1992.
The then-seven-year-old did not have any underpants on after the incident, Mia claims.
A second alleged incident took place in the attic, after Allen asked his adopted daughter: ‘What about some father-daughter time?’.
In the video, Dylan, prompted by Mia, claims Allen touched her private parts while they were in the attic together.
‘He touched your front part?’ Mia asks again, to which Dylan replies: ‘yeah’.
Soon-Yi Previn was adopted by Mia Farrow (pictured) in 1978 and began dating Allen in 1992
Allen and Soon-Yi are pictured in Venice shortly after their wedding in the city, in 1997
In another part of the video Mia asks: ‘Do you wanna tell me what things daddy said in the attic when you were in the attic?’
Dylan replies saying he had told her: ‘Do not move, I have to do this.’
Allen allegedly told Dylan he would take her to Paris and give her roles in all his movies before he sexually assaulted her.
The CBS interview with Allen was conducted last July but never made it to air.
It was finally made available as part of a larger package on the new subscription video on-demand service Paramount Plus on Sunday.
The special was recorded several months before the release of Allen v. Farrow earlier this year in which his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow speaks on camera about her alleged sexual abuse.
Allen and Farrow with their adopted daughter Dylan Farrow and biological son Ronan Farrow
Dylan Farrow, now 35, is pictured in Allen v. Farrow
Mia Farrow told her side of the story in the four-part HBO series Allen v Farrow
Farrow had seven children with Andre Previn when she began a relationship with Allen
Allen has continued to maintain his innocence and has never been charged with a crime.
Allen told CBS he would like to reach out to Dylan Farrow but has not spoken to her since the allegations surfaced.
During the early ’90s, Mia Farrow, who was still Allen’s girlfriend at the time, learned that he had struck up a relationship with her 21-year-old adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn.
Allen was 56 at the time and Mia Farrow ended their relationship soon after.
‘The last thing in the world that anybody wanted was to hurt anybody’s feelings,’ Allen said. ‘What we wanted to do was to eventually make it known that we had a relationship.’
Allen noted he was ‘totally surprised’ at the onset of his relationship with Previn claiming to have initially had ‘no interest in her whatsoever,’ but ‘she turned out to be the deepest relationship in my life.’
He was asked if he ever considered a relationship with his girlfriend’s adopted daughter to be inappropriate.
TIMELINE OF THE WOODY-MIA SAGA
1977: Mia Farrow and her second husband, composer Andre Previn, adopt Soon-Yi, who was seven years old at the time, from South Korea.
The couple already had three biological sons – Matthew, Sascha, and Fletcher – and two adopted daughters – Lark and Daisy.
1979: Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, who recently divorced from Previn, meet for the first time.
July 1982: The first of 13 films in which Allen and Farrow starred together, A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy, is released.
1980: Mia Farrow adopts Moses Farrow, 2, from South Korea. Moses is Mia’s seventh child and first adopted after she divorced Previn.
July 1985: Mia Farrow adopts infant daughter Dylan, who was born in Texas.
December 1987: Mia Farrow gives birth to a son, Satchel, who eventually is known as Ronan. Allen is presumed to be the father though rumors have swirled that the child actually belongs to Mia’s first husband, singer Frank Sinatra.
December 1991: Allen officially adopts Dylan and Moses.
January 1992: Mia Farrow discovers nude photographs of Soon-Yi in Allen’s apartment.
August, 4 1992: Dylan claims Allen sexually abused her on August 4 when she was seven years old. Mia Farrow films her daughter on camera discussing the alleged abuse.
August 13, 1992: Allen files suit against Mia Farrow seeking custody of Ronan, Dylan, and Moses.
August 17, 1992: Allen gives a statement to the press confirming his relationship with Soon-Yi.
August 18, 1992: Allen denies child molestation allegations, calling them ‘false and outrageous.’
September 18, 1992: The last film Allen and Farrow did together, Husbands and Wives, is released in the United States.
June 1993: Mia Farrow wins custody of Ronan, Dylan, and Moses. Allen is denied visitation rights with Dylan.
September 1993: Connecticut state attorney says there’s ‘probably cause’ to charge Allen but declines to do so in order to spare Dylan the trauma of a court appearance
December 23, 1997: Allen and Soon-Yi wed in Venice, Italy.
February 1, 2014: Dylan writes open letter accusing Allen of sexually assaulting her.
February 5, 2014: Moses defends his father in an interview with People magazine and accuses his mother of physically abusing him as a child. He also alleges Dylan was coached by Mia ‘as a vengeful way to pay him back for falling in love with Soon-Yi.’
Allen said ‘no,’ adding ‘there was never a moment that it wasn’t the most natural thing in the world … it didn’t give me pause, because the relationship with Soon-Yi was very gradual. It wasn’t like I went out with her one night and kissed her.
‘I would say of the many women I’ve dated in my life, many women, they were all what the appropriate police would call appropriate – age appropriate,’ he said. ‘Diane Keaton, Mia Farrow, Louise Lasser, my first wife; until Soon-Yi, which is unusual for me.’
Allen added: ‘If you’d have told me I was going to wind up married, and happily married, to an Asian woman much younger than me, not in show business, I would have said ‘the odds of that are very slim. I don’t think you’re going to be right.’ But that’s what happened.’
Allen and Previn, who is now 50, have been married for 23 years and have raised two adopted college-age daughters. Allen claims this is proof of his innocence: ‘They don’t give two baby girls to someone they think is a pedophile.’
During the interview Allen was asked how he feels about others in Hollywood and the wider public who have condemned him? ‘They’re well-meaning but foolish,’ he said, accusing them of ‘enabling this lie’ against a ‘perfectly innocent person.’ But he says he ultimately isn’t bothered by what others think about him.
‘Do I care that some guy sitting at home or some woman is thinking? ‘I don’t care what investigators say, I still believe he’s a pedophile’? It’s as meaningful as a person sitting at home saying ‘I believe him and he’s a wonderful guy and he’s gotten a raw deal,” he said.
Before Allen v. Farrow premiered, Woody and wife Soon-Yi Previn’s rep said in a statement that the documentary makers ‘had no interest in the truth,’ adding, ‘Instead, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their enablers to put together a hatchet job riddled with falsehoods.’
‘As has been known for decades, these allegations are categorically false,’ the statement continued. ‘Multiple agencies investigated them at the time and found that, whatever Dylan Farrow may have been led to believe, absolutely no abuse had ever taken place.’
The second episode of Allen v. Farrow featured home video footage of Dylan at age 7, telling her mother about the alleged abuse.
Before it aired in February, Dylan tweeted, ‘My fear in letting this tape come to light is that I am putting Little Dylan in the court of public opinion. While I have been able to take the stones thrown at me as an adult, to think of that happening to this little girl is stomach-churning.’
‘But I decided to let them share it in hopes that Little Dylan’s voice might now help others suffering in silence feel heard, understood, and less alone,’ she continued. ‘And that my testimony might also help parents, relatives, friends, loved ones and the world in general understand first-hand how an abused child might speak and interpret these horrific events.’
Dylan added, ‘I hope this tape helps us all find ways to allow painful secrets to come safely out of their closets so we all can heal and move forward in strength and peace. No longer ashamed, buried, scared, sad, and silent.’
In another new part of the special, Erin Moriarty explored how the public views and treats controversial artists have been alleged ‘to have acted in a morally questionable manner.’
CBS explained the delayed release of the Allen interview in a statement.
‘The interview, which occurred last summer during an active news cycle, is being presented now given the renewed interest in the controversy surrounding the filmmaker.’
The statement continues: ‘The exclusive for Paramount Plus offers the ability to explore Allen, his career, and the allegations in context and with the depth that this story demands.’
WOODY ALLEN’S CUSTODY FIGHT WITH MIA FARROW – A TIMELINE
Woody Allen and Mia Farrow are seen above with their two children Dylan and Satchel in this undated file photo
December 18, 1991 – Woody Allen formally adopts Moses, 15, and Dylan, 7.
January 13, 1992 – Mia Farrow takes Satchel (who would later be called Ronan), 5, her biological son with Allen, to visit his father at his Fifth Avenue apartment.
There she finds photographs of Soon-Yi Previn, 22, her oldest adopted daughter, posing naked in Allen’s home.
February 3, 1992 – Allen and Farrow sign agreement in which Allen agrees to waive custodial rights to Moses, Dylan and Satchel.
February 14, 1992 – Farrow, expressing anger and hurt, sends Allen a homemade Valentine with a steak knife through it and with meat skewers through the chests of photographs of her children.
August 4, 1992 – Allen visits Farrow’s Bridgewater, Connecticut country house where a babysitter for a Farrow friend reports seeing Allen with his head in Dylan’s lap in living room; Farrow says she subsequently videotapes Dylan accusing Allen of sexually molesting her.
August 13, 1992 – Allen files for custody of Moses, Dylan and Satchel, charging that Farrow is ‘an unfit mother.’
August 17, 1992 – Allen acknowledges his romance with Previn, saying, ‘It’s real and happily all true.’
March 17, 1993 – Three sex-abuse experts at Yale-New Haven Hospital report they don’t believe Allen sexually molested Dylan.
March 19, 1993 – Trial for custody of Moses, Dylan and Satchel begins in New York City before Justice Elliott Wilk.
March 23, 1993 – Farrow’s camp discloses letter from Moses in which he denounces Allen for his behavior and exhorts him to commit suicide.
March 23, 1993 – Allen testifies ‘I screwed up’ when he started affair with Previn; says he would be willing to drop Previn for the good of the younger children.
March 25, 1993 – Farrow testifies she hit Previn after learning of affair.
June 7, 1993 – Wilk rules that Farrow will keep custody of the children.
Allen is seen above with Farrow’s adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. In 1992, Farrow found explicit photos of Previn in Allen’s New York City apartment