Moses Farrow, 36, is the oldest adopted child of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen. He has remained out of the public eye for years but has now come forward in a People Magazine interview to defend Woody Allen against allegations of sexual abuse made by his sister, Dylan Farrow. On February 2, The New York Times published an open letter from Dylan Farrow alleging an incident of child abuse that occurred in the family’s Connecticut retreat.
Here’s what you need to know about Moses Amadeus Farrow:
1. He States Categorically, ‘Woody Did Not Molest My Sister’
In the People Magazine article, Moses Farrow says, “Of course Woody did not molest my sister. My mother drummed it into me to hate my father for tearing apart the family and sexually molesting my sister. 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.”
2. He Has Accused Mia Farrow of Being a Bully
He went on to describe the day Dylan Farrow discussed in her New York Times letter,
The day in question, there were six or seven of us in the house. We were all in public rooms and no one, not my father or sister, was off in any private spaces. My mother was conveniently out shopping.
I don’t know if my sister really believes she was molested or is trying to please her mother. Pleasing my mother was very powerful motivation because to be on her wrong side was horrible.
I love and support my sister and I think her words speak for themselves.
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) February 2, 2014
Farrow then explained that his mother would bully him in his youth:
From an early age, my mother demanded obedience and I was often hit as a child. She went into unbridled rages if we angered her, which was intimidating at the very least and often horrifying, leaving us not knowing what she would do.
Dylan Farrow harshly condemned Moses Farrow’s statements when she was contacted by People:
This is such a betrayal to me and my whole family. My memories are the truth and they are mine and I will live with that for the rest of my life.
My mother never coached me. She never planted false memories in my brain. 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.’
I don’t know where he gets this about getting beaten. We were sent to our rooms sometimes.
I love my daughter. I will always protect her. A lot of ugliness is going to be aimed at me. But this is not about me, it's about her truth.
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) February 4, 2014
3. He Suffers From Cerebral Palsy
According to his IMDB page, he is a sufferer of cerebral palsy. His only listed movie appearance came in Woody Allen’s, Hannah and Her Sisters. The article also states that he was born in Korea on January 27, 1978 and goes by the nickname, Misha.
4. He Has a ‘Renewed’ Relationship With Woody Allen
In documentary filmmaker Bob Weide’s defense of Woody Allen in the Daily Beast, Weide says that Moses Farrow used the word “brainwashing,” in a description of the family’s home in Connecticut.
Back in 1993, Moses Farrow, along with his siblings Ronan and Dylan Farrow, became the focal point of the messy and public custody hearing that ensued between Woody Allen and Mia Farrow. After the case, Mia Farrow was awarded full custody of the children, Moses Farrow, then 15, chose not to see his father.
According to Weide, Moses Farrow also added that he was “finally seeing the reality of the home,” and that the eldest Farrow now has a ‘renewed’ relationship with Woody.
5. He Works as a Family Therapist
Moses Farrow now works as a freelance photographer out of Connecticut, in addition to his photography, he works as a family and marriage therapist. He attended the Dalton School in New York and has a son and a daughter.
Some of his work in photography has included photographing the finalizing of adoptions in court: