'Insensitive' Allen loses custody battle to Farrow in N.Y.

June 08, 1993|By New York Times

NEW YORK — New York

Describing Woody Allen as a "self-absorbed, untrustworthy and insensitive" father, a judge in Manhattan rejected yesterday his attempt to win custody of his three children and awarded custody to their mother, Mia Farrow.

In a scathing 33-page decision, Acting Justice Elliott Wilk of the state Supreme Court denounced Mr. Allen for carrying on an affair with Ms. Farrow's adult daughter, trying to pit family members against one another and lacking knowledge of the most basic aspects of his children's lives.

The judge also denied Mr. Allen's request for immediate visitation rights with his 7-year-old daughter, Dylan Farrow.

Last summer Ms. Farrow accused the 57-year-old filmmaker of molesting the child. Justice Wilk said it was unlikely that Mr. Allen could be prosecuted for sexual abuse. A team of experts concluded that Dylan was not abused, but the judge said he found the evidence inconclusive.

The judge did not entirely close the door on any possible future contact between Mr. Allen and Dylan, ruling that a therapist must be hired within six months to determine whether it would be harmful for Dylan to resume visits with Mr. Allen.

Justice Wilk denied Mr. Allen's request for unsupervised visits with his 5-year-old son, Satchel Farrow, but allowed him to rTC increase the number of weekly supervised visits with the boy from two to three.

As for Mr. Allen's third child, 15-year-old Moses Farrow, the justice said he would accede to the boy's wishes that he not be forced to see his father.

In almost every way, the opinion was a repudiation of the parental role of Mr. Allen, who filed his custody lawsuit in August, about a week after Ms. Farrow accused him of molesting Dylan at Ms. Farrow's country home in Bridgewater, Conn.

Justice Wilk, however, had few unkind words for Ms. Farrow, whom he commended as a caring and loving mother who had tried to protect her children from what he characterized as Mr. Allen's manipulativeness and insensitivity.

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