Moses Farrow’s Open Letter Defending Woody Allen, Prompts Director, Screenwriter Robert Weide to Offer Donation if Ronan Farrow can Provide Evidence
Moses Farrow, Woody Allen’s adopted son, has come to his father’s side defending him in the wake of resurfaced allegations made by his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow. Twenty years ago, Woody Allen was accused of sexually assaulting Dylan O’Sullivan Farrow. Moses Farrow has now come forward saying that these claims are false. In an recent open letter, Moses Farrow makes it clear that their mother, Mia Farrow was a manipulative and abusive mother who could greatly influence her children.
The latest twist in this family drama is that the Robert Weide, an American screenwriter, producer, and director who was also the screenwriter and director of the 2011 PBS film Woody Allen: A Documentary, tweeted out a request to Ronan Farrow for evidence to prove his claims that Allen abused Dylan O’Sullivan. Both children have claimed that they have factual evidence to back up their claims. Weide has requested it for years, even offering a 35K contribution to a charity of their choice if they provide their evidence. He has now upped the donation amount to 100k. Weide has always been a very outspoken Woody Allen supporter.
In the open letter Moses Farrow shed light on a different kind of Mia Farrow, one that was never shown to the public. The post, titled “A Son Speaks Out,” explains why Moses Farrow felt inclined to write about the situation. “I’m a very private person and not at all interested in public attention,” he begins his statement. “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.”
Moses shed a new light on his 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 or a closet, then having the door locked from the outside,” Moses Farrow said. “She even shut my brother Thaddeus, paraplegic from polio, in an outdoor shed overnight as punishment for a minor transgression.”
Moses Farrow has brought a voice to this family drama that has never been heard before. On the day of the alleged allegations, the children were being supervised by two nannies and a French tutor. Moses calls out errors in Dylan’s version of events, saying that the trainset she claimed to watch did not exist, especially in their attic which was not a kid-friendly environment. And with a custody battle going on, it would be a very odd time for Woody Allen to choose to assault his daughter, especially in a house full of adults. Investigators of the case found that Dylan’s claims seemed rehearsed and practiced. Moses says that he had seen his mother coach and influence him and his siblings in different circumstances, and it’s not far-fetched that she could do the same to Dylan. Moses does not make his sister out to be a liar but instead focuses on his mother’s behavior towards her children. While no one will ever know what happened for sure on that day, Moses could no longer keep his version of the truth to himself.
Weide has written extensively in the past about his thoughts and feelings on the matter. He wrote a Daily Beast article in 2014 that defended Allen, saying that laid out fact by fact his findings during the time he worked on the Woody Allen documentary. His article does not vilify Mia Farrow but simply states that from his point view, based on facts, the allegations against Woody Allen are not true. He even praises Mia for her political activism. The article is pretty well thought out and provides a lot of food for thought about the allegations.
So far, there has been no response from the Farrow family to this offer. It will be interesting to see whether they will provide the evidence that they say that they have.