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Woody Allen with Mia Farrow in his 1989 film 'Crimes and Misdemeanors.' (Orion Pictures/The New York Times)

Conflicting accounts

New book alleges Dylan Farrow was coached into accusing Woody Allen of sexual abuse

By WITW Staff on October 2, 2017

Moses Farrow, the adopted son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, has claimed that his mother was emotionally and physically abusive, and coached his sister into accusing Allen of sexual assault.

The allegations appear in Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking, a new book about Allen’s film career by Eric Lax. Although Moses has made similar statements about his mother in the past, he offered new details during interviews with Lax, according to The New York Times.

“According to the excerpt, Moses contends that his mother was emotionally manipulative and physically abusive, detailing a number of alleged instances in which Ms. Farrow struck him or pressured the children to bend to her will,” the Times writes.

In 1992, Dylan Farrow, another child adopted by Mia Farrow and Allen when they were a couple, reportedly accused Allen of sexually assaulting her. Allen was investigated, but never charged with molestation. During custody disputations, a panel of therapists concluded that no sexual assault had taken place, but a judge found the evidence “inconclusive,” citing concerns that the therapists’ report had been “colored by their loyalty to Mr. Allen.”

Allen has for decades denied that any impropriety occurred.

In 2014, after Dylan wrote a letter describing the alleged abuse, Moses told People magazine that the accusations are false. “Of course Woody did not molest my sister,” he said. “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.”

In the same article, Dylan said that her mother “never” coached her into making false accusations against her father.

“She never planted false memories in my brain,” Dylan elaborated. “My memories are mine. I remember them. She was distraught when I told her. When I came forward with my story she was hoping against hope that I had made it up. In one of the most heartbreaking conversations I have ever had, she sat me down and asked me if I was telling the truth. She said that Dad said he didn’t do anything. And I said, ‘He’s lying.’”

Read the full story at The New York Times


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