Saturday, April 13, 2024

Woody and Mia, 20 Years Later: The Sad Irony of Her Brother


Twenty years after Woody Allen and Mia Farrow notoriously broke up, there is a sad irony today. Mia’s brother John Farrow has been arrested and is being on $800,000 bail. Authorities in Arundel County, Maryland say two boys who are now adults have come forward to accuse Farrow for child sex abuse from 2000-2008. The police say there are more, and are actively looking for other victims. John Charles Villier-Farrow is a 66 year old yacht salesman.

The story brings a peculiar irony. In 2002, Mia accused Woody Allen, her former boyfriend, of molesting their adopted daughter. She demanded supervision for all of Woody’s visits with that child and with the biological child they shared. Eventually she turned all of her kids against Woody, and he hasn’t seen them in nearly two decades.

Of course, Allen was innocent. He had done nothing wrong. Farrow had needlessly put him through the ordeal of being investigated by a team of doctors from Yale New Haven Hospital. But Farrow marshaled her troops against Woody. including her brother John, who spoke out against Allen at the time. Farrow could not get over the hurt of Allen running off with her adopted of-age daughter, Soon Yi Previn. But Allen and Soon-Yi have remained together all this time, and have two adorable daughters.

Meantime, Mia–who was determined to destroy Woody–had an alleged pedophile right under her very nose. And of course Mia has had a peculiar history herself: she was 21 when she married Frank Sinatra, who was twice her age. And her most famous movie was “Rosemary’s Baby,” directed by Roman Polanski.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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