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Moses Farrow Sides with Woody Allen, Who Wants NYTimes to Publish His Defense (UPDATED)

Moses Farrow Sides with Woody Allen, Who Wants NYTimes to Publish His Defense (UPDATED)

The Mia Farrow vs. Woody Allen feud runs bitter and deep.

New MSNBC correspondent Ronan Farrow, who may or may not be related to his mother’s ex-boyfriend, sent off a salvo on Twitter as Allen was honored by the Golden Globes. “Missed the Woody Allen tribute – did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?”

Now the scandal has exploded again, with members of the family publicly taking sides in a high stakes media war. UPDATE: Moses Farrow, 36, who was adopted by Mia Farrow and Woody Allen and is now estranged from his mother and close to Allen and his wife Soon-Yi, has responded to his 28-year-old sister Dylan Farrow’s Open Letter describing Allen’s sex abuse when she was age seven, which ran in Nicholas Kristof’s column in last Sunday’s New York Times. (He has worked closely with Mia in her foreign aid efforts.) Moses Farrow says that his other has poisoned his sister against Allen. 

“My mother drummed it into me to hate my father for tearing apart the family and sexually molesting my sister,” Moses, 36, tells PEOPLE in the magazine’s new issue. “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.” 

Now Woody Allen wants his day in the court of public opinion. He has asked the Times to publish his rebuttal and the paper told him to submit it to them, subject to editorial considerations. (Of course they will run it.)

The timing is not coincidental. It’s the height of Oscar season, as Allen is up for Best Original Screenplay for “Blue Jasmine,” Sally Hawkins for Best Supporting Actress and and much-lauded Cate Blanchett for Best Actress. 

Even Kristof maintains that Allen–who was investigated but never prosecuted for this alleged crime– deserves a presumption of innocence. Custody battles can get murky. 

What is the truth here? We may never know. Should we punish Woody Allen the man by refusing to give him awards for his work, as his daughter advocates? Should his art be separated from his deeds? We don’t know what he has done, but many folks are uncomfortable with the content of some of his films, such as “Manhattan,” in which he dates a 17-year-old Mariel Hemingway, see clip below.

Both sides have detailed their case. Read Woody Allen documentarian Robert Weide’s Daily Beast response to the Farrow vs. Allen charges, in which he busts many of the Woody Allen myths out there. For example, he never lived with or was married to Farrow, and he was getting together with his future wife, Columbia student Soon-Yi Previn, Farrow’s adopted daughter with Andre Previn, when the alleged Dylan Farrow abuse was supposed to have taken place. Maureen Orth’s account of the Mia Farrow side of the story ran in the 1992 Vanity Fair and was revisited last November–in advance of her son’s new media career. (See Michael Wolff’s astute analysis here.

UPDATE: Woody Allen is prepping a response, a spokeswoman told Variety:

“Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful. He will be responding very soon. At the time, a thorough investigation was conducted by court appointed independent experts. The experts concluded there was no credible evidence of molestation; that Dylan Farrow had an inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality; and that Dylan Farrow had likely been coached by her mother Mia Farrow. No charges were ever filed.”

Put on the spot on the Oscar campaign trail in Santa Barbara, where she received a tribute, Cate Blanchett gracefully answered the obstreperous Jeffrey Wells: “It’s obviously been a long and painful situation for the family and I hope they find some resolution and peace.” 

Will this scandal have an impact on the Oscar race? Given the largely male Academy’s willingness to give Best Actor to Adrien Brody and Best Director to Roman Polanski for his extraordinary holocaust movie “The Pianist” –after he pled guilty to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old minor and fled the country–probably not. 

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Comments

Charles

If only he were a Catholic priest it would be so easy. He wide immediately be found guilty. But he is a Hollywood money maker so we can't upset that machine.
The main stream media protects its cesspool rigorously.

Steven Kaye

This part from the 8th paragraph cracked me up:

"Should his art be separated from his deeds?" followed by "We don't know what he has done".

Hilarious stuff, Anne.

Ella

I hope "Blue Jasmine" wins BIG at the Oscars. The more the Farrows trash talk Allen, the less I believe 'em.

And SHAME on you Mia Farrow for your continued [*& staunch*] support of Roman Polanski (who willfully admitted to drugging and having sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl). And I also wonder how long you'll stay quiet on the fact that your brother, John Charles Villiers-Farrow, is a CONVICTED child molester? I guess you had no problems having little bro Charlie around the kiddies, huh? You stay classy, girl.

Now excuse me while I binge watch my favorite Allen films (thankfully only a small number involve Mia's mug) starting with "Love and Death".

HolyMoses

Do the people claiming Woody used his influence to cover up the investigation remember Michael Jackson? He was far more popular and wealthy than Woody Allen and it didn't do him any good.

It was good to finally hear from Moses on this front.

It would also be interesting to know just how much contact Mia's brother, who is in prison on multiple counts of child molestation, had with Mia's children and whether Dylan may have been led to confuse him with Woody. Which brings up another point. In these cases there are usually multiple instances of child molesting. A pedophile doesn't just stop at one. When one Michael Jackson accuser came forward so did many others. No one else has ever accused Allen of child molestation and it's been 20 years.

NoMisandryZone

"Given the largely male Academy…" This is hateful and shameful.

Randy

I also find it interesting that "Manhattan" features a young Meryl Streep, playing Woody's scorned ex-wife, who writes a tell-all book about their marriage. Another parallel from that film.

aovnjia

I like how you end your piece with a bit of biting witty lashing out (sarcastic bullshit) about the male boy club academy being just fine with honoring a rapist (because rape culture). Way to make it as black and white as possible you responsible journalist.

Steven

Why does this post's URL refer to the Farrows as a "clan" and not as a "family"? Are we supposed to see them as a band of fierce highlanders crushing the defenseless Woody under their heels? It's bad enough to label the fight as a feud. We may not know for certain who is lying and who is telling the truth (at least enough to get an indictment in a court of law), but this is not a feud. Somebody is guilty and somebody is innocent.

Daney

No matter what the truth is, it's uncool mixing business with personal. Even if the s*** is real, it just seems like the Farrow fam doesn't want Woody to win an Oscar. History is not kind to those who carry out personal vendettas in the public forum, and attempt to guilt the public into backing their cause (here's looking at you, Dubya.)

Leslie

Woody Allen's 1979 film Manhattan was based on Allen's two year sexual relationship with the 17 year old Stacey Nelkin. For 35 years, Allen has admitted he likes having sex with teenage girls. But we're supposed to be shocked that other hidden parts of his life might be unsavory.

I am surprised that so many film blogs behave as though Allen is their employer and are ready to pile abuse on the victim. It's no wonder the 7 year old couldn't go to trial. Allen's legal team would have no compunction about destroying her. Look at what they are doing to the adult now.

I agree with Brian. Allen's movies have told us over and over again that he is guilty. Feeling threatened by a grown up, articulate Ronan Farrow, he made Blue Jasmine, as a smear job on Mia Farrow and a rehearsal for his defense.

Brian

Anyone remember Allen's line in BANANAS when an old lady is horrified at catching him buying porno magazines in a newsstand? He claims he's doing a sociological study of perversion and declares, "I'm up to Advanced Child Molesting."
Anyone see CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS and MATCH POINT? Two films about guilty men getting away with serious crimes. Allen's been TELLING us all along what he's been up to. But no one wants to see the truth because it might interfere with their love of his movies. I stopped going to his movies after MATCH POINT and I'll never see another one.

lojack

Hard to believe people are still defending that disgusting creep. They choose to believe a perverted creepy old man who flirted, screwed and married his ex-partners adopted daughter. Gross doesn't begin to define what those two disgusting creatures did. Then this creepy couple were allowed to adopt, WOW! What a wonderful legal system this Country has.

Anonymous

I don’t really buy anything Dylan, or whatever she calls herself nowadays, is selling. I’m sorry hun, I just don’t believe you. Not only does it sound like a made-up story (a bit soap opera much, no?) but the timing of this is very, VERY questionable indeed… It’s sort of funny how they’re all slowly piling up on Woody now that Ronan is trying to obtain a serious career in, what, “journalism” was it? Or television? If any of it were true Mia would of taken Woody to court immediately, IF it were true. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. And if any of this IS actually true and she did nothing… hell, she would be more to blame than Woody because then we’d at least know he has a serious sickness and needs help and she’s just… f**kin’ EVIL for doing nothing and for being that WILLFULLY BLIND.

Without Woody she wouldn’t of had much of a career. He didn’t “reinvigorate” her career, he basically CREATED it. The only major movie she’d done before Woody came along was Rosemary’s Baby (directed by ROMAN POLANSKI, just fyi), at least that’s the only one I can think of just off the top of my head. This whole story just makes me wanna go and binge watch Allen’s best films, starting with BLUE JASMINE, which I think is VERY telling and personal. I kind of imagine Cate’s character in the film as Mia; the second she’s betrayed she goes ape s**t and turns on him, but had NO problems in the good ol’ days with turning a blind eye on things she maybe should of paid more attention to, you know, like a MOB WIFE. Then again, she’s a child hoarder like Brangelina, so, realistically… who can keep up with that many kids? And didn’t she try and use this story during their custody battles over Ronan back in the 1990’s? I wonder why she didn’t fight as hard as she could have if she really believed any of this were true. Why didn’t she try and protect her children, their only biological child together especially? LOL Oh, I forgot that she started hookin’ up with Sinatra when she was in her TEENS and they basically never stopped hookin’ up, so Ronan may not even be Allen’s.

Mia Farrow ain’t no saint lol.

/rantover

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