Allen, Farrow reach agreement that stops full-fledged hearing

January 20, 1993|By Los Angeles Times

NEW YORK -- Woody Allen and Mia Farrow have reache agreement on visitation rights, canceling a full-fledged court hearing during which both combatants in their bitter child custody battle could have been questioned, lawyers said yesterday.

Under terms worked out by their counsel, the filmmaker will be able to see his and Ms. Farrow's biological son, Satchel, 5, twice a week. In turn, Ms. Farrow agreed to resume psychological counseling for their 7-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan, who has claimed that she was molested by Mr. Allen at Ms. Farrow's Connecticut home last August.

Mr. Allen temporarily withdrew his demand that he be allowed supervised visits with Dylan.

"I have agreed not to press for visitation with my daughter at the present time as part of an agreement wherein her mother will then allow her to have a therapist," Mr. Allen said in a statement.

"As much as I miss my little girl, I feel it's overwhelmingly in her best interests that she be allowed to get the psychological help her mother has withheld from her since Miss Farrow fired Dylan's therapist in August. As part of this agreement, I will also have visitation with my son, Satchel, and I am incredibly delighted over that."

Connecticut authorities were not expected to rule on Dylan's allegations of sexual abuse for several weeks, and the agreement between Ms. Farrow and Mr. Allen -- reached out of court -- averted what surely would have been one of the most publicized hearings in recent years.

State Supreme Court Justice Elliott Wilk had ordered the hearing, which lawyers said would have amounted to a mini-trial stretching over several days, in an effort to sort through a thicket of charges and countercharges against Ms. Farrow and Mr. Allen. Both sides were preparing to call witnesses.

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