In the midst of an excruciating back and forth between Woody Allen and Dylan Farrow -- prompted by Dylan's recent publication of a firsthand account of Allen sexually abusing her when she was 7 years old -- Vanity Fair’s Maureen Orth, who has previously published in-depth articles of the allegations, provided a list of “undeniable facts” about the case, none of which help Allen's cause.
Here is the short version of Orth’s review of the key, hard and fast facts of the case:
1. “Mia never went to the police about the allegation of sexual abuse.” Instead, Dylan’s pediatrician was bound by law to report the case.
2. “Allen had been in therapy for alleged inappropriate behavior toward Dylan with a child psychologist before the abuse allegation was presented to the authorities or made public.”
3. “Allen refused to take a polygraph administered by the Connecticut state police.” His legal team hired their own person to administer one; the Connecticut police rejected it as evidence.
4. “Allen subsequently lost four exhaustive court battles—a lawsuit, a disciplinary charge against the prosecutor, and two appeals—and was made to pay more than $1 million in Mia’s legal fees.” Judge Elliott Wilk declared that there was “no credible evidence” supporting Allen’s accusations.
5. “In his 33-page decision, Judge Wilk found that Mr. Allen’s behavior toward Dylan was ‘grossly inappropriate and that measures must be taken to protect her.’”
6. “Dylan’s claim of abuse was consistent with the testimony of three adults who were present that day.” Two babysitters and a French tutor confirmed key elements of Dylan’s story and described her psychological state as consistent with abuse.
7. “ The Yale-New Haven Hospital Child Sex Abuse Clinic’s finding that Dylan had not been sexually molested, cited repeatedly by Allen’s attorneys, was not accepted as reliable by Judge Wilk, or by the Connecticut state prosecutor who originally commissioned them.” No psychologists or psychiatrists were even on the panel.
8. “Allen changed his story about the attic where the abuse allegedly took place.” At first Allen denied ever having entered the attic, but changed his story when his hair was found.
9. “The state attorney, Maco, said publicly he did have probable cause to press charges against Allen but declined, due to the fragility of the ‘child victim.’” Maco informed Orth directly that he did not want to subject Dylan to a trial.
10. “I am not a longtime friend of Mia Farrow’s, and I did not make any deal with her.” Orth was personally accused of helping her “long-time friend” Mia Farrow and promoting her son Ronan Farrow’s media career, both of which have no basis in fact.