40-year-old Moses Farrow is the adopted son of film director Woody Allen and his ex-wife Mia Farrow. In a lengthy essay published on his personal website this Wednesday, Moses alleged that his mother faked allegations of sexual abuse against Allen.
In the essay titled "A Son Speaks Out," Moses claims that Farrow coached her daughter Dylan on what to say before her Feb. 2014 statement in the New York Times. Dylan alleged Allen had molested her on August 4, 1992. She was just seven at the time.
Although Dylan insists that the allegations are true, Moses offered an entirely different account of the day.
Along with five kids, there were three adults in the house, all of whom had been told for months what a monster Woody was. None of us would have allowed Dylan to step away with Woody, even if he tried.
Dylan had previously granted PEOPLE an interview where he claimed that his adopted sister’s allegations against their father were untrue. He also said that the accusations were part of a scheme by Farrow to besmirch Allen’s character as payback for divorcing and marrying their adopted daughter, Soon Ti-Previn. According to him, she even tried to get him involved in the plot.
My mother drummed it into me to hate my father for tearing apart the family and sexually molesting my sister.
Besides the claims of emotional abuse, Moses says his mother was also physically abusive. He painted a particularly glaring picture of abuse, much removed from the picture Farrow painted with her love for adoption.
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. She even shut my brother Thaddeus, paraplegic from polio, in an outdoor shed overnight as punishment for a minor transgression.
He also said he was not spared from physical abuse. On one occasion, he claims Farrow beat him severely after she accused him of "leaving the curtains closed in the TV room."
Most of all, Moses blames the deaths of his siblings on Farrow. His sister Tam was reported to have died from a drug overdose in 2000, but Moses says she resorted to suicide as a way out of depression following years of abuse from Farrow. His brother Thaddeus also committed suicide in 2016 just a few feet away from Farrow’s home.
Mia Farrow has been mother to 14 children in all and according to Moses, her parenting skills are far from commendable. Of the 14, 11 are still alive. 4 of the children are Farrow’s biological children, while the remaining 7 are adopted.
Her first two children, Matthew and Sascha, were born in 1970. Matthew is married with two children and works as a lawyer in NYC, while his brother Sascha is also married and is a stay-at-home dad with a daughter.
Her third son, Fletcher, is an executive assistant at IBM and lives with his wife and two daughters in close proximity to Farrow. Her last child, Ronan, is an investigative reporter and former adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Lark was adopted by in 1973 and is the third child of Farrow who died, in 1993. Her cause of death was never released.
In his final message to his mother, Moses says he expects Farrow to attempt a rebuttal. Still, he insists that telling the truth as he knows it is a burden he will bear.
You and I both know the truth. And it’s time for this retribution to end.
Moses granted an interview to author Eric Lax for his 2017 book "Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking" where he made these same claims. But the interview did not make it into the book.