Mia Farrow’s life has been fodder for the tabloids for some time – from her dysfunctional childhood to her turbulent relationships with older men, to dragging her family through lengthy custody battles. Perhaps that’s why she has put so much effort into fostering a public image as a humanitarian, adopting and investing in children. However, recent revelations from Moses Farrow, her adoptive son, have put into question the image Mia Farrow has tried to cultivate her entire adult life.
Moses Farrow recently exposed the way in which she has pinned family members against one another, instilling fear to control those around her. For over 20 years, she has worked to convince the public that Woody Allen sexually assaulted their adopted daughter, Dylan O’Sullivan Farrow even after a 14-month investigation done by the Yale-New Haven Hospital could not find any evidence that a sexual assault had even occurred.
Moses Farrow first spoke out against his mother in 2014, claiming that the allegations against Allen were not true and the incident never happened. Now, Moses has come forward once more to tell of a childhood where fear and manipulation were tactics Mia regularly used to instill loyalty in her children. Moses explains he had to consistently gain his mother’s approval, and that he and his siblings were abused both physically and emotionally by their mother. Fear is an especially powerful tool for adopted children who are fearful of losing a family. It was made clear to the children that they were either with her, or they were against her.
Moses Farrow not only gives insight into what regular life was like, but more importantly, he recalls the day of the alleged abuse and witnessed how Mia carefully crafted the incident, and how her influence over Dylan, her other children, and other adults present during the day would all play to her benefit.
While Farrow has painted herself as a sort of Mother Teresa, the reality of her family home life was far from an idyllic sanctuary where children were loved, happy, or even treated with the most basic levels of respect and dignity.