Woody Allen is facing new criticism — including from some actors in his films — over allegations by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow that he molested her in 1992 when she was a child. The Allen-Farrow story has its roots in the 1970s and encompasses several major events in the lives of Mr. Allen; his former partner Mia Farrow; and their daughter Dylan.
This timeline is based on New York Times articles and other news reports, which are included. It is a guide, not a comprehensive accounting, and will be updated periodically.
Mia Farrow and her husband, André Previn, adopt a Korean girl, Soon-Yi Previn, who is believed to be around 7 years old.
Woody Allen and Ms. Farrow are introduced at Elaine’s, the Manhattan restaurant, and later begin a relationship.
Ms. Farrow adopts a baby girl, Dylan Farrow, who was born in Texas.
Ms. Farrow and Mr. Allen have a son, Ronan Farrow. Ms. Farrow suggests in a 2013 Vanity Fair interview that Frank Sinatra may have been his father.
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Mr. Allen adopts Dylan Farrow and Moses Farrow, one of Ms. Farrow’s sons, who she adopted in 1980. Mr. Allen, who is 56, begins an affair with Ms. Farrow’s 21-year-old daughter, Soon-Yi Previn around this time.
Jan. 13, 1992
Aug. 1, 1992
With the affair between Mr. Allen and Ms. Previn continuing, Ms. Farrow calls Susan Coates, a psychologist who had been helping the family, and describes Mr. Allen as “satanic and evil” and begs her to “find a way to stop him.”
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Aug. 4, 1992
According to Dylan Farrow, Mr. Allen abused her that day, touching her genitalia. She was 7 at the time. She detailed her accusation in January 2018 on CBS This Morning:
DYLAN FARROW: I was taken to a small attic crawl space in my mother’s country house in Connecticut by my father. He instructed me to lay down on my stomach and play with my brother’s toy train that was set up. And he sat behind me in the doorway, and as I played with the toy train, I was sexually assaulted … As a 7-year-old I would say, I would have said he touched my private parts.
GAYLE KING: Mmhmm. O.K.
FARROW: Which I did say.
KING: All right. All right.
FARROW: As a 32-year-old, he touched my labia and my vulva with his finger.
Aug. 5, 1992
Casey Pascal, a friend of Ms. Farrow’s, tells her that Dylan Farrow’s babysitter described observing Mr. Allen in a position with Dylan that seemed inappropriate. According to Vanity Fair, Ms. Farrow immediately asked Dylan about it, and she gave her account to her mother.
Ms. Farrow calls Dr. Coates, the psychologist, and says Dylan has complained that Mr. Allen has abused her. A major question later considered in court was whether Ms. Farrow had coached her daughter during this period. According to later court testimony by Dr. Coates, she is struck by Ms. Farrow’s calm during the call, as opposed to her agitated state in the Aug. 1 call.
Aug. 13, 1992
Mr. Allen sues Ms. Farrow in New York State court for the custody of Ronan, Dylan and Moses Farrow.
Aug. 17, 1992
Mr. Allen releases a statement confirming his relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, saying it is “real and happily all true.” The same day, the Connecticut State Police announce they are investigating Mr. Allen. The focus: the allegations that he molested Dylan Farrow.
Aug. 18, 1992
Mr. Allen makes a public appearance to say he is “saddened” by the child abuse allegations and calls them “false” and “outrageous.”
Vanity Fair publishes Mia’s Story,” a lengthy reported piece about Ms. Farrow, her family, the abuse allegations and her history with Mr. Allen.
Nov. 22, 1992
Mr. Allen speaks on “60 Minutes” and defends himself against the molestation allegations.
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March 18, 1993
After a seven-month inquiry by a team of child abuse investigators at Yale-New Haven hospital, Mr. Allen’s lawyers say he has been cleared of molesting Dylan Farrow. Ms. Farrow’s legal team calls the confidential report “incomplete and inaccurate.” The report, which was commissioned by Connecticut law enforcement, was never officially released, but media outlets reported some of its contents.
March 19, 1993
The custody trial begins. Mr. Allen takes the stand and describes the disintegration of his relationship with Ms. Farrow. He testifies that Ms. Farrow threatened him in phone calls and flew into rages in front of the children after the two started falling out.
March 25, 1993
Ms. Farrow takes the stand. She goes into detail about what Dylan Farrow told her the previous summer. She says she worried that Mr. Allen had a sexual attraction to Dylan from when she was 2 years old.
March 29, 1993
Dr. Coates testifies that she told Mr. Allen she feared for his safety because of threats made by Ms. Farrow. She says that she considered Mr. Allen’s relationship with Dylan Farrow to be “inappropriately intense,” but not sexual. The next day, Ms. Farrow’s lawyer portrayed Dr. Coates as “mesmerized” by Mr. Allen.
April 27, 1993
A child psychiatrist testifies that the report from Yale-New Haven hospital is “seriously flawed.”
May 3, 1993
A sworn statement from Dr. John M. Leventhal, the doctor who headed the Yale-New Haven team, is released to the public theorizing that Dylan Farrow was emotionally unstable and coached by Ms. Farrow to accuse Mr. Allen. The Yale-New Haven team interviewed Dylan nine times and said she changed details throughout the interviews; Dr. Leventhal said in his statement that he had interviewed her, but Vanity Fair reported years later that he did not.
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June 7, 1993
Mr. Allen loses the custody battle. Acting Justice Elliott Wilk of the State Supreme Court says Mr. Allen is “self-absorbed, untrustworthy and insensitive.” He denies Mr. Allen visitation rights with Dylan Farrow.
Sept. 24, 1993
Frank Maco, a state’s attorney in Connecticut, announces that while he has “probable cause” to prosecute Mr. Allen, he would decline to press charges to spare Dylan Farrow the trauma of a trial. Mr. Maco says he believed that Dylan had been molested.
Mr. Allen files an appeal to the custody case.
May 12, 1994
The New York State appeals court denies Allen’s appeal.
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Dec. 23, 1997
Mr. Allen marries Soon-Yi Previn.
June 24, 2001
Mr. Allen gives a long interview to Time magazine’s Walter Isaacson recounting his relationship with Soon-Yi — “The heart wants what it wants,” he says — and again denies the allegations by Dylan and Mia Farrow.
June 17, 2012
After years of relatively little news coverage of Mr. Allen and Mia and Dylan Farrow, Ronan Farrow posts on Twitter: “Happy father’s day — or as they call it in my family, happy brother-in-law’s day.”
Dylan Farrow goes on the record for the first time in an interview with Vanity Fair. She is 28 now and describes receiving entreaties from Mr. Allen from when she was 18. She says of the alleged abuse by Mr. Allen: “There’s a lot I don’t remember, but what happened in the attic I remember. I remember what I was wearing and what I wasn’t wearing.”
Jan. 12, 2014
In response to Allen receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes, which Diane Keaton accepted on his behalf, Ronan Farrow posts on Twitter: “Missed the Woody Allen tribute — did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?”
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Feb. 1, 2014
Dylan Farrow pens an open letter recounting her story in detail, posted through Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.
Feb. 4, 2014
After the letter, Mia Farrow posts on Twitter: “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.”
Feb. 5, 2014
In response to Dylan Farrow’s open letter, Moses Farrow defends Mr. Allen in an interview with People Magazine, saying Ms. Farrow coached the children to hate Mr. Allen. He says that Dylan was never molested and that Ms. Farrow was a bully.
Feb. 7, 2014
Mr. Allen, writing in the Opinion section of The Times, denies the allegations again.
Ms. Keaton and Alec Baldwin, two friends and stars in Allen films, defend him in the face of Dylan Farrow’s accusations. Cate Blanchett, the star of Mr. Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” is more circumspect, saying she hopes Mr. Allen and the family “find some sort of resolution and peace.” Lena Dunham calls Dylan “courageous” and urges people to read her open letter.
May 11, 2016
In a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, Ronan Farrow writes about the struggles that Dylan Farrow faced in getting her story out and says he believes Dylan’s story.
A book about Mr. Allen’s film career features an interview with Moses, who goes into more detail about his allegations that Ms. Farrow coached Dylan Farrow to accuse Mr. Allen of abuse and also accuses Ms. Farrow of being abusive. The author of the book is a friend of Allen’s, Eric Lax.
Mr. Allen says he feels “sad for Harvey” and warns against “a witch hunt atmosphere.” He later calls Mr. Weinstein “a sad, sick man.”
Kate Winslet, the star of Mr. Allen’s latest film “Wonder Wheel,” demurs when asked about the accusations against Mr. Allen: “It’s just a difficult discussion. I’d rather respectfully not enter it today.” Griffin Newman, an actor in Mr. Allen’s next film, “A Rainy Day in New York,” expresses regret for working with him and pledges to donate his salary to an organization that fights sexual violence.
The actress Ellen Page says that working with Mr. Allen on the film “To Rome With Love” was “the biggest regret of my career” and expresses sympathy for women and minors who have suffered sexual abuse.
Dec. 7, 2017
Dylan Farrow pens an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times: “Why has the #MeToo revolution spared Woody Allen?”
Colin Firth and Greta Gerwig say they would not work with Mr. Allen again. Mira Sorvino, who won an Oscar for Mr. Allen’s “Mighty Aphrodite,” rebukes him and expresses support for Dylan Farrow. Rebecca Hall and Timothée Chalamet, two stars of “A Rainy Day in New York,” also criticize him and donate their salaries from the film to charity. Ms. Winslet, alluding to Mr. Allen, expresses “bitter regrets that I have about poor decisions to work with individuals with whom I wish I had not.”
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Jan. 18, 2018
CBS This Morning airs the first-ever television interview with Dylan Farrow, where she recounts the allegations. Mr. Allen again denies them.