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Excerpts From Judge’s Decision in Allen-Farrow Custody Trial With PM-Woody-Mia, Bjt

June 8, 1993 GMT

Undated (AP) _ Excepts from New York state Justice Elliott Wilk’s decision awarding custody of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow’s three children to Farrow:

On Allen’s fitness to gain custody: ″Mr. Allen has demonstrated no parenting skills that would qualify him as an adequate custodian for Moses, Dylan or Satchel.″

On Allen’s sexual relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, the children’s sister: ″Mr. Allen’s deficiencies as a custodial parent are magnified by his affair with Soon-Yi. ... He showed no understanding that the bonds developed between adoptive brothers and sisters are no less worthy of respect and protection than those between biological siblings.″


On Allen’s response to a sex abuse allegation: ″Mr. Allen’s response to Dylan’s claim of sexual abuse was an attack upon Ms. Farrow, whose parenting ability and emotional stability he impugned without the support of any significant credible evidence.″

On Allen’s litigation tactics: ″His trial strategy has been to separate his children from their brothers and sisters; to turn the children against their mother; to divide adopted children from biological children; to incite the family against the household help; and to set the household employees against each other.″

On Allen’s future behavior: ″His self-absorption, his lack of judgment and his commitment to the continuation of his divisive assault, thereby impeding the healing of the injuries that he has already caused, warrant a careful monitoring of his future contact with the children.″

On Farrow’s devotion to her children: ″It is evident that she loves children and has devoted a significant portion of her emotional and material wealth to their upbringing. When she is not working she attends to her children.″

″She does not take extended vacations unaccompanied by her children. She is sensitive to the needs of her children, respectful of their opinions, honest with them and quick to address their problems.″

On Farrow as a parent: ″Ms. Farrow is not faultless as a parent. It seems probable, although there is no credible evidence to this effect, that prior to the affair with Mr. Allen, Soon-Yi was experiencing problems for which Ms. Farrow was unable to provide adequate support.″

″Ironically, Ms. Farrow’s principal shortcoming with respect to responsible parenting appears to have been her continued relationship with Mr. Allen.″

On Allen’s assertion that Farrow ″brainwashed″ Dylan: ″Ms. Farrow’s statement to Dr. Coates that she hoped that Dylan’s statements were a fantasy is inconsistent with the notion of brainwashing.″