Woody Allen's son Moses Farrow defends father over sexual assault claims

Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow Erik Pendzich REX Shutterstock

"I can no longer stay silent as [Allen] continues to be condemned for a crime he did not commit", Moses Farrow wrote in a lengthy personal essay.

In 1992, he publicly denounced his father Woody Allen.

This file photo taken on May 11, 2016 shows Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn as they arrive for the screening of the film "Cafe Society" during the opening ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.

Although Dylan Farrow wrote about the incident in a 2014 open letter published in the New York Times and spoke about it during a 2013 interview with Vanity Fair, the 32-year-old recently appeared on CBS This Morning and gave her first televised account of the assault, which she said occurred in Mia Farrow's CT home on August 4, 1992.

"The Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time's Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation", the filmmaker said in a statement to the Associated Press in January after one of Dylan's more recent interviews with CBS This Morning.

While Moses Farrow's defence of Allen is not new, the specificity of his attack on Mia Farrow's parenting is, especially coming from a therapist, and especially when it's aimed at a woman as famous for being a parent as an actress. He adds, "None of us would have allowed Dylan to step away with Woody, even if he tried".

It was Mia Farrow, Moses wrote, who was the abuser.

Pakistan end day 2 at 350/8, lead England by 166
The innings ended when Amir held a well-judged catch running back at mid-on to dismiss Mark Wood . Pakistan had drawn the four-match test series with England by 2-2.

The decision was made to spare Dylan Farrow additional trauma, the prosecutor said, with agreement from her mother.

"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..."

She punished her son Thaddeus, a paraplegic, by shutting him in an outdoor shed overnight, Moses said. At the time, Mia and Allen were going through a bitter custody battle after it came out that Allen was involved in an intimate relationship with Mia's adopted daughter Soon-Yi.

In 2014, Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow wrote an open letter alleging the director had sexually abused her when she was seven.

"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", Moses wrote. "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".

"It's easily disproven, contradicts years of his own statements. and is part of a larger effort to discredit and distract from my assault". Woody Allen declined to comment. Mia Farrow's rep didn't immediately respond.

Read Moses Farrow's essay here.

Latest News