- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The adopted son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow is defending his father following accusations that the director sexually abused his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, at 7 years old.

Dylan’s Feb. 1 open letter to the New York Times detailed the molestation she allegedly suffered from her father, which reignited a controversy that has divided their family for more than 20 years, People magazine reported.

Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house,” she wrote. “He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me.”

The letter has ignited a firestorm in the media and in Hollywood, and now, Moses Farrow, Dylan’s adopted brother, is coming to his father’s defense.

“My mother drummed it into me to hate my father for tearing apart the family and sexually molesting my sister,” he told People. “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, Miss Farrow’s adopted daughter who is now married to Allen.

“Of course Woody did not molest my sister,” he continued. “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. 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.”

Dylan called her brother’s statements a “betrayal.”

“This is such a betrayal to me and my whole family,” she told People. “My memories are the truth and they are mine and I will live with that for the rest of my life.”

“I will not see my family dragged down like this,” she continued. “I can’t stay silent when my family needs me and I will not abandon them like Soon-Yi and Moses. My brother is dead to me. My mother is so brave and so courageous and taught me what it means to be strong and brave and tell the truth even in the face of these monstrous lies.”

Mia Farrow tweeted Tuesday morning: “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.”

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