Moses Farrow does not believe his younger sister, Dylan, was ever sexually abused by Woody Allen.
“Of course Woody did not molest my sister,” Mia Farrow‘s 36-year-old estranged adopted son told People in an interview released on Wednesday. “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.”
Moses, a family therapist who is now close to Allen and his wife, Soon-Yi Previn, told the publication that his mother “drummed” hate into his heart for Allen, but now believes the accusations of Dylan’s molestation were “a vengeful way to pay him back for falling in love with Soon-Yi,” Farrow’s daughter from a previous marriage.
“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,” Moses said. “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.”
Moses maintains that while Mia wanted the public to believe her household full of 14 biological and adopted children was a happy one, he “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,” Moses added.
Dylan, who brought her 20-year-old allegations against Allen back to light earlier this month by publishing an open letter about her ordeal in the New York Times, calls her older brother’s comments “a betrayal” to her entire 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,” Dylan told People. “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.'”