Moses Farrow defends father Woody Allen over sexual assault claims
Actor Moses Farrow, the adopted son of Woody Allen, has defended his father over sex abuse allegations in an essay which has been shared on social media. Furthermore, he also claims that the claims made by his mother Mia Farrow, sister Dylan Farrow, and brother Ronan Farrow, are an attempt to discredit his director father.
In a 5,000-word essay, entitled "A Son Speaks Out", Moses states that Mia Farrow was physically abusive to him and her other children and that she intimidated Dylan into accusing Woody Allen of sexually assaulting her on August 4, 1992. Allen has repeatedly denied all accusations levied against him, calling them "an unconscionable and gruesomely damaging manipulation of innocent children for vindictive and self-serving motives."
Moses states: "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 ... Dylan was alone with Woody in his apartment countless times over the years without a hint of impropriety, yet some would have you believe that at the age of 56, he suddenly decided to become a child molester in a house full of hostile people ordered to watch him like a hawk.."
When discussing the abuse he allegedly endured at his mother's hands, he added: "It was important to my mother to project to the world a picture of a happy blended household of both biological and adopted children, but this was far from the truth ... 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 ... For all of us, life under my mother’s roof was impossible if you didn’t do exactly what you were told, no matter how questionable the demand."
Dylan Farrow has responded to the blog post, stating: "This is 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. My brother is a troubled person."
In 1993, a lengthy investigation conducted by the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of Yale-New Haven Hospital concluded that Dylan had not been sexually assaulted. However, this conclusion was put under heavy scrutiny when the investigators refused to testify in court in a custody hearing, and claimed that their case notes had been destroyed. Ever since then, Allen's innocence has been repeatedly called into question, and in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the #MeToo movement has been vocal in their condemnation of him.