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    "Allen V. Farrow" Aired Last Night — Here Are 20 Things We Learned From The Second Episode

    "As we chatted at the game, I found I was enjoying her company more than I should have," Woody Allen wrote about Soon-Yi in his autobiography.

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    Last week, HBO Max premiered the first episode of Allen v. Farrow — a docuseries about the alleged assault that happened between Woody Allen and his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow. The second episode of the four-part series aired last night. Here's everything we learned:

    1. Mia Farrow was one of seven children — the middle child — which is why she wanted to have a big family when she grew up:

    A family portrait of Mia Farrow and her seven siblings and parents
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    2. Mia originally wanted to go to medical school to become a pediatrician, but after the death of her brother, father, and the decline of her mother's career, she went into acting to help support the family:

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    Prior to Peyton Place, Mia auditioned to play Liesl in The Sound of Music.

    3. At the age of 9, Mia contracted polio in the middle of the epidemic. However, after spending time in a pediatric hospital where she thought she would die, she fully recovered:

    Mia's father carrying her in his arms out of the children's hospital
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    "I can't know who I would have been had I not had polio, but I know that I feel very strongly, when possible, if you can alleviate suffering, you should try."

    4. Even though Woody Allen has publicly denied this, Manhattan — a film about a 42-year-old dating a 17-year-old — is said to be inspired by Woody Allen's alleged relationship with Christina Engelhardt:

    Christina Engelhardt talking about her relationship with Woody Allen and being asked "And you were 16 at the time?
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    Though they met when she was 16, Christina says she and Woody didn't start dating until she was 17. Their relationship continued until she was 23.

    5. Engelhardt said that Woody called her his "muse" in response to the success of Manhattan:

    I was very much in love with him — I thought he was magical. After I saw Manhattan — I'm the same age [as Mariel] and Mariel looks like [me] — I thought, "Oh, my god. I'm his muse. I'm his inspiration." I even [asked Woody] "Am I your muse?" And he goes, "Of course you're my muse." I felt [like] I was the lucky one...At that age, I was in Seventeen...and had sex appeal...but I had trauma. I had been raped four times around the ages 12-14 by people my family knew. So, I started thinking, "Who can I trust?" And I trusted [Woody]. I'm not saying it's right or wrong, but I had no one.

    6. Princeton University has drafts of Woody Allen's archived screenplays, and a lot of them — much like many of his released films — are about a young teenage girl and an older man:

    A title card about one of Woody Allen's working drafts that says, "A flashy, sexy 16-year-old blonde in a flaming red low cut evening gown with a long slit up the side"
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    7. In the '80s and '90s, Woody Allen and Mia Farrow made 13 films together. Eventually, Mia didn't have an agent of her own; she was represented by Woody's agent:

    Mia Farrow and Woody Allen's characters walking through a field
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    "After a while...[it felt like] I was there to serve him," Mia recounted about her time making films for Woody Allen. "I went into that role and tried to be the best version of what he wanted. Funny, but not too funny; answer, but not too talkative."

    8. Priscilla Gilman, a close family friend, said that she felt as if Woody Allen didn't shut down the idea that Mia was only in his movies because they were dating, rather than because of her acting abilities:

    Pricilla Gilman talking about Woody Allen's inappropriate relationship with Soon-Yi
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    9. Carly Simon said that she noticed how badly Woody Allen would make Mia feel concerning her career/talent:

    Carly Simon performing at the Grammy's
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    "I saw, little by little, him eroding her self-esteem, him eroding her sense of self. He didn't like Mia to see her friends, he wanted to isolate her. I don't know what was behind his saying cruel things to her — whether or not he believed it or if it was a tactic to kick her down so she'd be more under his rule..."

    10. Mia encouraged Woody Allen to spend one-on-one time with Soon-Yi since she was a bit more withdrawn than the other kids. They would attend basketball games together:

    Soon-Yi and Woody Allen at a basketball game
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    "As we chatted at the game, I found I was enjoying her company more than I should have," Woody Allen wrote in his autobiography.

    11. In his autobiography, Woody Allen recounted kissing Soon-Yi for the first time in his screening room after they watched a film together:

    Woody Allen and Soon-Yi posing for a photo on New York
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    "She [was] complicit in the osculation and, to the point as always, says 'I was wondering when you were going to make a move,'" he wrote.

    12. Priscilla believes that Woody Allen spent a long time grooming Soon-Yi — "taking her to Knicks games, telling her she could be a model, giving her a part in his film, knowing that [she] was the one child who didn't date...and then inviting her to the screening room...something that he tried to do with me, [but] I didn't go for it."

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    13. Mia recounted that while Soon-Yi had been in high school, the doormen and maids of Woody Allen's building said that she'd been coming over for a long time:

    A title card detailing Woody Allen's inappropriate behavior with Soon-Yi
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    "The maid would change the bed after she left," Mia said. "The maid told me about the condoms in the waste basket and the sheets that needed changing."

    14. Mia called a family meeting, where everyone said they wanted Soon-Yi to return to the family. She didn't return and instead continued her relationship with Woody Allen:

    Archived photo of Mia Farrow and a Soon-Yi attending an event
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    15. Moses especially had a hard time coming to terms with Soon-Yi and Woody's relationship and the effect it had on their family:

    A title card of Moses Farrow's letter condemning Woody Allen
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    However, Moses recently recanted the negative statements he's made about Woody Allen in the past.

    16. In 1992, Mia felt as if Woody Allen was recording their phone calls in the hopes of getting her to say something to help alleviate the situation, and it was her son Fletcher who told her to record the conversations on her own so he didn't have the one-up on her:

    Mia Farrow talking about Woody Allen's inappropriate relationship with Soon-Yi
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    17. Even though Mia and Woody Allen ended their relationship in 1992 — due to his relationship with Soon-Yi and the alleged assault of Dylan Farrow — the two still had to finish filming Husbands and Wives:

    Mia Farrow and Woody Allen in Husbands and Wives
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    18. Through all of this, Woody Allen still had rights to see Moses, Ronan, and Dylan, since he was their father. Dylan alleged that one day at the dinner table, he shoved her face in a plate of piping hot spaghetti because she kept calling him "Woody" instead of "Daddy":

    Dylan Farrow talking about Woody Allen's inappropriate relationship with her
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    "Doing what he says is the only way to protect myself."

    19. The episode ends with Dylan discussing the alleged sexual assault that took place at the summer house:

    Title card of Kristi Groteke talking to an attorney about Dylan missing for 20 minutes
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    Dylan said that Woody took her up to the attic and had her lay face down on the bed as he sexually assaulted her. This event allegedly took place when the kids were left with their babysitters/tutor as Mia and Casey (family friend) went to the store to pick up some food. Mia warned the sitters that Woody was not allowed to be alone with Dylan, but Kristi told an attorney that for a period of 20 minutes, Dylan and Woody were nowhere to be found.

    20. Once Dylan disclosed the alleged sexual assault, Mia filmed her every time she spoke about the abuse:

    Archived footage of Dylan talking about her abuse
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    That's everything we learned in Episode 2. Tune in next week for the recap of Episode 3.

    Also, if you, or anyone you know, is the victim of sexual assault or abuse, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to for more information.

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