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Star’s fear over explosive new series

The explosive four-part documentary premieres express from the US on Monday, February 22 on Binge and Foxtel, and is from award-winning filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering.It promises to go behind “decades of sensational headlines to reveal the private story of one of Hollywood’s most notorious and public scandals”. Charting the golden age of Allen’s partnership with actor Mia Farrow, the mother of his three children, the story then unravels as the focus shifts to allegations that he molested his adopted daughter when she was seven years old. As well as court records and witness testimony, the series also includes interviews with Dylan, five of her siblings – one of them the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow, and Farrow herself, who says in the trailer that meeting Allen is “the great regret of my life”. RELATED: Most shocking claims from Woody Allen’s memoir“She did not want to be part of this,” Ms Ziering told The New York Timesof Farrow’s participation in the series, adding Farrow had to borrow a shirt because she’d been so intent on not being interviewed. “She did this for her daughter, Dylan … She said, ‘My daughter came to me, said this is important to me and I need you to do this for me.’ And she said: ‘I stand by my kids. I’m going to take incoming fire. I don’t know you, Amy. I don’t know Kirby. I know your work. I have been excoriated for doing nothing.’” In the series, the 76-year-old actor says she doesn’t rest easily knowing Allen, 85, could act in retribution against the documentary. “I don’t know, I’m just scared. I’m scared of him,” she says. “A person who has no allegiance to truth will do anything. A person who will do anything is somebody to be scared of. “So I worry that when this documentary comes out, he’ll be on the attack again. He’ll do whatever he has to do to try to save himself from the truth, from the mess he made.” RELATED: Hollywood star’s secret teen loverA never-before-seen video of Dylan recounting the alleged assault, shot by Farrow at home in Connecticut shortly after it occurred, is also featured. It took “a long time for Dylan to feel comfortable and safe sharing that video”, Ms Ziering said of the tape, which has sparked decades-long debate as to whether the young girl was telling the truth or if Farrow coached her responses.“I told the truth to the authorities then, and I have been telling it, unaltered, for more than 20 years,” Dylan wrote in a 2017 op-ed for The LA Times. “Allen’s pattern of inappropriate behaviour – putting his thumb in my mouth, climbing into bed with me in his underwear, constant grooming and touching – was witnessed by friends and family members.” Speaking to Elle last week, Dylan said Farrow would have needed “military-grade torture equipment” to have brainwashed her into believing she was molested.“It’s crazy that for some people, the idea that I was brainwashed is somehow easier to swallow than child sexual abuse,” she said. RELATED: Woody Allen’s twisted family pastAllen has repeatedly denied the allegations, as has Dylan’s sister – Farrow’s adopted daughter – Soon-Yi Previn, who married the prolific director in 1997. Their relationship is another focus of the documentary, with Farrow recounting finding a “stack of Polaroid pictures” of Previn in Allen’s possession. “I remember struggling to breathe,” she adds. The trailer teases that the series will outline details of the case – like Dylan’s original testimony – that have remained private until now. “It had been so extensively covered and a lot of our work goes into new cases,” the filmmakers told The New York Times. “But as we got into it, we found there was a great deal more. We pivoted because we realised the full story had never gotten out.” Allen v Farrow will premiere on Binge and Foxtel February 22Domestic Violence helplines

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