In the final episode of Allen v Farrow, Ronan Farrow makes a surprising allegation about Woody.
Woody's son Ronan Farrow makes a startling new allegation about his father in the explosive finale of Allen v. Farrow.
There's a lot about Allen v. Farrow that's horrifying.
HBO's new true crime docuseries, which airs locally on Foxtel, has rewritten the charges against Woody Allen from a he-said, she-said tale into a convincing investigation of a gross miscarriage of justice over the course of its four episodes.
However, an aside in Episode 4 contains one of the most surprising details. Allen offered his son financial help on the condition that Ronan Farrow discredit his mother and sister, according to Allen and Mia Farrow's biological son Ronan Farrow.
After the sexual harassment charges against Woody Allen were made public in 1992, Mia Farrow's public reputation as a mother has been tarnished. Allen has said on many occasions that Mia Farrow attempted to get her children to dislike him.
Dylan Farrow's allegations, he claims, are the product of deception. Mia Farrow has also been accused of being abusive to two of her children, Soon-Yi Previn, Allen's current wife, and Moses Farrow, Allen's adopted son.
Several of Mia Farrow's children, including renowned journalist Ronan Farrow, come forward in the fourth episode of the docuseries to refute those allegations.
“Our mother did a fantastic job of protecting us from all of this. In Episode 4, Ronan Farrow says, "She went above and beyond to never say something that could be construed as critical of my father or to drive or think one thing or another."
“She was merely attempting to isolate and defend us.“
But there was still a lot of motivation for all of us growing up to be drawn into Woody Allen's attempts to smear my sister,” Ronan Farrow continues.
“For example, he made funding my college education conditional on my publicly expressing my support for him. The offer was always that if I was willing to publicly defy my mother and sister, he would provide financial support, educational support, and possibly a comfortable life with a rich, influential man.”
In the series, Ronan Farrow addresses his initial distancing from his sister's accusations.
“There was a time when my sister would say, ‘Look, I've been telling this story for years and no one is listening.' And I'd like to make it public once more.'
“I told him, ‘This isn't worth it; you're going to make your whole life about this one thing that happened to you when you were a kid,'” Ronan Farrow remembers. “I hadn't yet performed a detailed interview with her or checked the evidence. I just wanted to get out of here.”
That has changed in recent years. As an adult, a journalist, and a judge, Ronan Farrow eventually decided to listen to Dylan Farrow's full account of what happened and review the court records.
Ronan Farrow says, "My response was, "Well holy sh*t, I've been turning away from a real miscarriage of justice here,"
It was his tweet during the 2014 Golden Globes, when Allen was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, that helped resurrect the allegations against him. The New York Times released Dylan Farrow's groundbreaking first public account, "An Open Letter from Dylan Farrow," shortly after. These testimonies have contributed to the current public re-examination.