Woody Allen could not explain his 20-minute absence in which his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, alleged that he sexually assaulted her when she was seven years old. The HBO docuseries Allen v. Farrow is on its third installment, and the show has taken a closer look at the evidence presented at trial. It also showed that Woody Allen’s sexual abuse case was handled in a different way than other abuse cases.
During the second episode, Mia Farrow revealed that she had recorded phone conversations with Woody Allen, and it was also made clear that he was recording her. In one of those recorded phone calls, Mia Farrow asked Woody repeatedly where he was during the 20-minute period Dylan Farrow says he sexually assaulted her. Woody Allen has never denied allegations that he had been away with Dylan for a long time.
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You may see a preview of the episode below.
The episode covered what happened during Woody Allen’s lawsuit against Mia Farrow. After the sexual abuse investigation started, Woody Allen responded by filing custody of the children Mia Farrow shared with him: Dylan, Satchel (Ronan) Farrow and Moses Farrow. The program showed a drawing with Woody Allen and his attorney addressing the court.
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Woody Allen’s attorney, Elkan Abromwitz, asked him the following question.
Were you ever alone with Dylan on August 4th … 
Woody Allen responded by saying the following.
No … I was not allowed to be alone with her. I was always around other people. I was never alone for any time.
However, three witnesses testified at trial that they searched for Woody Allen and Dylan Farrow for about 20 minutes on the day in question. Dylan Farrow later told her mother, Mia Farrow, that Woody Allen took her to the attic and sexually assaulted her there.
Kristi Groteke, Dylan Farrow’s babysitter, was at home when Mia was gone. She is one of three people who searched for Dylan and Woody and testified to this in court.
Dylan Farrow’s mentor, Sophie Berge, also stated that on August 4, 1992, she was home and out with the remaining children. She testified that Dylan was not with them for about 20 minutes when Kristi was looking for both Dylan and Woody.
Alison Strickland, who was also a babysitter in the house, testified that she witnessed Woody Allen with his head in Dylan Farrow’s lap in the family’s television room. She stated the following in the stands.
“Mr. Allen was on his knees in front of Dylan with his head in her lap.”
She was then asked, “What was he looking at?”
To which Alison Strickland replied, “Her, straight ahead.”
According to the HBO documentary Allen v. Farrow, Alison clarified to the court that his head was pointed towards her crotch.
In Allen v. Farrow Season 1, Episode 3 at 2:05 PM, Mia Farrow plays the recording of a recorded telephone conversation she had with Woody Allen.
While Mia would have chosen her words carefully, knowing she was recording Woody (and as Woody indirectly pointed out that he had also included Mia), Woody Allen’s answer to the question of his 20-minute disappearance with Dylan was that tricky is for his defense and does not match his testimony.
Mia Farrow said the following during the recorded conversation.
If I have one ounce of faith left in you, help me now. Tell me where you were for those 20 minutes.
Woody Allen stated this answer, “All of that will be (inaudible).”
Mia continued, “But why can’t you just tell me now?”
To which Woody Allen replied, “It will all be (unintelligible). All the details of when the time will come …”
Mia replied, “No, now. Why can’t you just tell me help me now. “
Woody then said again, “All the details when the time comes, and the truth will come out.”
Mia Farrow kept pressing the issue, “Woody, just tell me where you were. People searched the house. Every room was searched. You could help me a lot. “
Woody went on with his response, “(inaudible) about that in the end, everything …”
Mia Farrow pushed again, “Why don’t you just tell me?”
Woody Allen, “(inaudible) all about it.”
It seems plausible that if Woody Allen hadn’t disappeared with Dylan Farrow for twenty minutes, he would have just said so to Mia. If someone is falsely accused of sexual assault, their first line of defense would be to prove where they were during the alleged incident. If Dylan Farrow had made up the story or was out of touch with reality (as some suggested), then she wouldn’t have disappeared with Woody Allen for 20 minutes. It never would have happened, especially since he told the court he was never alone with Dylan.
When asked in court if he’d been alone with Dylan Farrow, he said he wasn’t. But when Mia Farrow repeatedly asked him on the phone where he was during the 20 minutes Dylan Farrow claimed he was in the attic to sexually assault her, he never gave an explanation to refute the disappearance or prove where he was.
In his own words, when asked repeatedly where he was during those 20 minutes, he never suggested that he and Dylan were in the presence of other people the entire time he was there.
In fact quite the opposite. He danced around the subject, never answered Mia, then simply told the court that he was always in front of other people – four witnesses stated otherwise: Kristi Groteke, Sophie Berge, Allison Strickland and Dylan Farrow.
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Charisse Van Horn is a Tampa Bay freelance writer. She likes to write about celebrities, entertainment, crime and fashion. The writer of this article will take legal action against those reproducing or running this article outside of Celebrity Insider.