Moses Farrow, adopted son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, is defending his father against allegations of sexual abuse — and accuses his mother of being mentally and physically abusive.
Dylan Farrow, Woody and Mia’s adopted daughter, accused the famed director of abuse in a 2014 open letter, reinvigorating the public debate more than two decades after her pediatrician reported the alleged sexual abuse in 1992. Allen has repeatedly denied Dylan’s claims that he molested her when she was seven years old; Allen was never charged, though he was investigated.
Now, in a lengthy blog post titled “A Son Speaks Out” published Wednesday, Moses comes out in support of his father.
“I’m a very private person and not at all interested in public attention. But, given the incredibly inaccurate and misleading attacks on my father, Woody Allen, I feel that I can no longer stay silent as he continues to be condemned for a crime he did not commit,” writes Moses.
Moses goes on to deny that Dylan was ever sexually abused and described, in great detail, the day the alleged abuse is said to have occurred in 1992. Months before, Mia had learned that Allen had become intimately involved with her adopted daughter Soon-Yi, who was 21 years old at the time. Mia had told the rest of the children that Allen was a “monster” and “evil,” and all were instructed not to let him out of their sight, he explained.
“None of us would have allowed Dylan to step away with Woody, even if he tried,” Moses wrote.
Moses points to what he feels are inconsistencies in Dylan’s story — while she alleges that she was abused while playing with a toy train with Allen in an attic, Moses claims that the attic did not have enough space for anyone to play, and there was no train in the attic to begin with.
After an investigation by Connecticut police in 1992 that continued into 1993, prosecutors ultimately decided not to pursue a case against Allen, according to The New York Times. The New York Department of Social Services soon after ended their 14-month investigation, writing that “no credible evidence” had been found to support allegations of abuse, The New York Times reports. Allen was never charged.
Allen claims that Dylan was manipulated by Mia Farrow.
“Of course, I did not molest Dylan,” wrote Allen in The New York Times in 2014, “I loved her and hope one day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a loving father and exploited by a mother more interested in festering anger than her daughter's well-being.”
Moses supports Allen’s brainwashing theory.
“Coaching, influencing, and rehearsing are three words that sum up exactly how my mother tried to raise us,” he wrote.
Moses also claims that Mia physically abused him and his siblings, recalling instances where she allegedly slapped him in the face hard enough to knock his glasses off. On another occasion, she hit him “uncontrollably all over [his] body.” His siblings were abused as well, Moses alleges. “It pains me to recall instances in which I witnessed siblings, some blind or physically disabled, dragged down a flight of stairs to be thrown into a bedroom or a closet, then having the door locked from the outside.”
Dylan responded to Moses’ claims in a Twitter statement on Wednesday, calling his post “an attempt to deflect from a credible allegation made by an adult woman, by trying to impugn my mother who has only ever been supportive of me and my siblings.”
“It’s easily disproven, contradicts years of his own statements, is beyond hurtful to me personally, and is part of a larger effort to discredit and distract from my assault,” the tweet continues. “My brother is a troubled person. I’m so sorry he’s doing this.”
Mia Farrow called Moses’ claims “completely made up” on Thursday, The New York Times reports.
Ronan Farrow also defended his mother and sister also on Thursday in a Twitter statement alleging that Allen tried to turn Ronan and his other siblings against Mia.
“Not worth saying much to dignify the repeated campaign to discredit my sister, often by attacking our mother,” he wrote. “This happens every time Dylan speaks, so this is all I’ll offer: my mother did an extraordinary job raising us, and none of my siblings with whom I’ve spoken ever witnessed anything but love and care from a single mom who went through hell to keep her kids safe.”
[Photo: Mia Farrow with children (back row L-R) Matthew, Sascha, Soon-Yi; (front row L-R) Daisy, Fletcher, Moses and Lark; on their way to New Year's Eve Mass. By David Mcgough/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images]