Monday, April 15, 2024

Woody Allen’s Son, Moses Farrow, Stands Up for His Father


“My mother drummed it into me to hate my father for tearing apart the family and sexually molesting my sister. And I hated him for her for years. I see now that this was a vengeful way to pay him back for falling in love with Soon-Yi.”

With those words in People magazine, Moses Farrow may have finally clarified the twenty two year Woody-Mia tug of war. Moses was one of the two children adopted by Woody Allen and Mia Farrow. Dylan was the other one. Ronan– known first as Satchel, then Seamus– was their biological child.

Moses is now 36 years old. He’s a talented landscape photographer and has a social work degree. He tells People that Woody never molested Dylan, and that Mia Farrow is basically behind all the brouhaha that’s gone since the fall. The Frank Sinatra stuff, the nasty Tweets, the baseless accusations– all Mia’s doing.

Of course Woody did not molest my sister,” says Moses. “She loved him and looked forward to seeing him when he would visit. She never hid from him until our mother succeeded in creating the atmosphere of fear and hate towards him. The day in question, there were six or seven of us in the house. We were all in public rooms and no one, not my father or sister, was off in any private spaces. My mother was conveniently out shopping. I don’t know if my sister really believes she was molested or is trying to please her mother. Pleasing my mother was very powerful motivation because to be on her wrong side was horrible.”

“Our mother has misled the public into believing it was a happy household of both biological and adopted children,” he says. “From an early age, my mother demanded obedience and I was often hit as a child. She went into unbridled rages if we angered her, which was intimidating at the very least and often horrifying, leaving us not knowing what she would do.”

Here’s the most interesting part of the People story. The magazine says this comes from Dylan but it sounds like Mia. Dylan writes, “My brother is dead to me.” Wow. That’s powerful and so filled with anger. She doesn’t say, I’m sorry Moses feels this way. I wish we could talk. How Mia Farrow has divided her family in order to get revenge on Woody Allen, that’s the saddest part of the story.

And still I ask– where is Mia’s public sympathy and support for the young boys her own adult brother, John Farrow, molested? He’s in jail after an actual conviction.


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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