Content warning: This story deals with the subject of suicide, and will not be appropriate for all readers.
The story of Dylan Farrow’s alleged sexual abuse at the hands of her adoptive father, Woody Allen, in 1992, has hung like a dark cloud in Hollywood for decades.
Farrow, now 32, alleges that on a Tuesday when she was seven, her father molested her in the attic of her mother’s Connecticut home. “He instructed me to lay down on my stomach and play with my brother’s toy train that was set up,” she told CBS This Morning earlier this year. “And he sat behind me in the doorway, and as I played with the toy train, I was sexually assaulted… As a seven-year-old I would say, I would have said he touched my private parts.”
Woody Allen was never charged with the crime. Two investigations, one by New York state child welfare and another by the Yale New Haven hospital, concluded that the abuse did not happen. The Connecticut state attorney questioned this finding, but said while he believed there was probable cause to charge Allen, he would not pursue the allegations, in an attempt to protect Dylan from further trauma.
Last week, Moses Farrow, who was 14 at the time of the alleged abuse, and at home with his adoptive sister Dylan the day it reportedly happened, wrote a 4,600 word blog post defending Woody Allen. In a series of bombshell claims, Moses said Woody could not have molested Dylan that day, and that ultimately, he has been “condemned for a crime he did not commit”.
— Moses Farrow (@MosesFarrow) May 23, 2018
Telling the story of his childhood in great detail, Moses, who is now 40, accused his mother Mia Farrow of ‘coaching’ Dylan to speak out against her father. She was angry, Moses claimed, because she had discovered only months earlier that Woody was in a relationship with her 21-year-old adoptive daughter, Soon-Yi.
Beneath this complex web of beliefs and accusations and fractured relationships, however, is a story many of us don’t know about the Farrow family. A story of 14 children, 10 adopted, four biological, and three who have died.
Mia Farrow had just turned 25 when she gave birth to twin boys, Matthew and Sascha, in 1970. She was married to composer André Previn, and together, they had another son Fletcher four years later. Mia wouldn’t have another biological child until 1987, when she gave birth to Satchel, who later changed his name to Ronan. He is the only biological child of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen.