On Wednesday, Moses Farrow, son of ex-partners Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, published a blog post in which he claims that the Rosemary's Baby actress was emotionally and physically abusive to him and his siblings.
Titled "A Son Speaks Out," Moses details alleged abuse in his mother's household, including one instance when, Moses alleges, Mia locked her now-deceased son Thaddeus in an outdoor shed overnight. Moses recalls another incident in which he was allegedly hit repeatedly by Mia after he chose to alter a new pair of jeans she gifted him.
Moses' essay comes as a response to allegations of sexual abuse against Allen. Moses' sister, Dylan Farrow, alleges that Allen, whom adopted both Moses and Dylan, molested her when she was a child. (Allen has vehemently denied the accusations.) Dylan has criticised supporters of the #MeToo and Time's Up movement for not condemning Allen the way it has men like Harvey Weinstein.
Moses opens his post with:
"I’m a very private person and not at all interested in public attention. 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. I was present for everything that transpired in our house before, during, and after the alleged event. Now that the public hysteria of earlier this year has died down a little and I have some hope that the truth can get a fair hearing, I want to share my story."
In his essay, Moses also claims that the events Dylan describes around her own alleged sexual abuse were not accurate.
Of the accusations of abuse against Mia, and of Moses' claims that the alleged abuse against her never occurred, Dylan gave this statement to People:
"[Moses' essay is] an attempt to deflect from a credible allegation made by an adult woman, by trying to impugn my mother who has only ever been supportive of me and my siblings. It’s easily disproven, contradicts years of his own statements, is beyond hurtful to me personally, and is part of a larger effort to discredit and distract from my assault... My brother is a troubled person. I’m so sorry he’s doing this."
Refinery29 has reached out to Woody Allen and Mia Farrow for comment.