Dr. Susan Coates, a psychologist who knew the Allen Family well and had worked with both the children, Mr. Allen, Ms. Farrow for years, found Mia Farrow to be threatening towards Mr. Allen after she found out that he was having an affair with her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn. Dr. Coates was questioned by Mr. Allen’s lawyer, Elkan Abramowitz. Dr. Coates, portrayed Ms. Farrow as filled with escalating rage after discovering Mr. Allen’s affair with Ms. Previn in January 1992.
Mia Farrow sent Woody Allen a disturbing valentine with skewers and a steak knife through the picture of herself. Farrow responded to the act by saying, “It was not a threat, it was an attempt to depict to a man who didn’t know or didn’t care what he had done,” she said. “He seemed to have no concept. The morality of the situation seemed to have totally eluded him. I wanted to depict the degree of pain he had inflicted on me and my entire family.”
Ms. Farrow phoned Dr. Cotes to say that Dylan had begun complaining that Mr. Allen had abused her. Dr. Coates characterized Ms. Farrow as having been extremely calm during the call, in contrast to her agitated state in other calls. “I was puzzled, because in that conversation she was very calm,” Dr. Coates said. “I did not understand her calm.”
Dr. Coates, who had continued to see Mr. Allen as part of Satchel’s (Woody and Mia’s son) therapy, broke the news to Mr. Allen of Dylan’s allegations a few days later. He sat on the edge of his chair and his eyes were very wide,” Dr. Coates recalled. “He said, ‘I’m completely flabbergasted. I’m completely flabbergasted.’ He said it over and over again.”