Woody Allen Claimed Mia Farrow ‘Threatened His Life Many Times’ in Resurfaced ’60 Minutes’ Interview

Woody Allen has been facing intense scrutiny since the release of HBO’s new docuseries Allen v. Farrow. Released on Feb. 21, the docuseries investigates his relationship with his daughter Dylan Farrow, who was adopted. Allen’s ex Mia Farrow claims Allen sexually abused Dylan Farrow. 

The series has gotten strong pushback from Allen, who released a statement alongside his wife Soon-Yi claiming it was a “hatchet job.” 

Allen has a long history of controversy with Mia, dating back to the early 1990s when he was under investigation for his relationship with Dylan. In a resurfaced interview from 1992, he even claimed that Mia threatened his life on numerous occasions. 

Woody Allen claimed Mia Farrow might have convinced Dylan Farrow to file sexual abuse charges against him 

Woody Allen attends a photocall for "Irrational Man" during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival
Woody Allen attends a photocall for “Irrational Man” during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2015 in Cannes, France | Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images

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During a resurfaced 1992 interview with 60 Minutes, Allen shared his thoughts about the allegations Mia made against him. He claimed that she told him she was preparing to do something “nasty” to him prior to the investigation. 

“Either she has been coached methodically to tell the story … by Mia … because first of all, several weeks before it happened, Mia called me on the phone and said—in the course of an argumentative phone call—she said, ‘I have something very nasty planned for you,’” Allen said. “And I said, ‘What are you gonna do, shoot me?’”

Allen assured that Mia’s threats came several weeks before the allegations became public. 

He said Mia Farrow threatened to take his daughter during numerous conversations

Allen also mentioned that Mia continuously stated that she was going to take his daughter, Dylan, away from him.  

“On many, many occasions, many occasions, over the phone and in person, Mia had said to me, ‘You took my daughter, and I’m gonna take yours,’” Allen said. 

He believes Mia’s actions were motivated by her anger about him having started a relationship with her daughter Soon-Yi, who also was adopted.

“She meant by it that I had formed a relationship with her 21-year-old daughter, and she was going to get my daughter—who is Dylan, I only have one daughter—that’s what she meant, she was going to seek her revenge that way, yes,” Allen said. 

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Allen also noted that Mia’s allegations against him contradicted prior claims she’d made about him as a parent. 

“She wrote a glowing, glowing letter, an affidavit, saying that I was just a loving and caring and attentive father and that my adopting Dylan would be a great benefit to her,” Allen said. “This was her sworn affidavit.”

He noted that he understood Mia’s anger at first, but then things became inappropriate. 

“The first days, I felt, ‘This is completely justifiable,’” Allen said. “I’ve turned up in an affair with another woman, and that other woman is her daughter. I started getting phone calls all night long, and death threats, and calling me the devil, and evil incarnate …. she was threatening my life, threatening to stick my eyes out.” 

Allen later alleged that Mia threatened to kill him on several occasions. 

“She threatened my life many times,” Allen said. “She called me and threatened my—she’s threatened to have me killed and to kill me.” 

Allen v. Farrow is available for streaming on HBO Max.

How to get help: In the U.S., call the RAINN National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area. 

[Correction: An earlier version referred to Mia Farrow as Woody Allen’s ex-wife. The two were never married.]