Woody Allen has conceded that his son with Mia Farrow, Ronan, could in fact belong to Frank Sinatra – pouring more fuel on a long-smoking fire within the complicated family.
In his new book Apropos of Nothing, which itself was nearly not published when the original publisher pulled out after furious protests, Allen discusses the long-standing question.
“One day Mia announced she was pregnant. I naturally assumed it was by me and the wolfsbane had finally kicked in; and despite her suggesting [Ronan] was Frank Sinatra's child, I think he's mine, though I'll never really know,” Allen writes.
“She may have still been sleeping with Frank, as she hinted, and may have had any number of outside affairs, for all I know. As I said, we lived apart.”
Farrow, 75, was married to Sinatra from 1966-68.
From 1980 to 1992 she was married to Allen, 84 – although the couple never lived together.
Journalist Ronan Farrow, 32, who won a Pulitzer for his work bringing down Harvey Weinstein in The New Yorker, has laughed off previous speculation about his parentage.
When, in 2013, Mia Farrow said that Sinatra could be Ronan’s father, noting: “We never really split up,” Ronan responded on Twitter: "Listen, we're all *possibly* Frank Sinatra's son."
Allen, who has been mired in scandal ever since his daughter Dylan accused him of sexually abusing her in 1992, insists in the book that he never mistreated her.
And he vehemently attacks his ex-wife, depicting Mia Farrow as being deeply troubled.
He described her family as “rife with extremely ominous behaviour that swelled in the years I knew her.”
Mia’s brother John Charles Villiers-Farrow was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2013 for molesting boys.
Allen writes that he heard a rumour “early on” that her brothers had been “aggressive” with the Farrow sisters and that “the Farrow brother who is now serving years in prison for child molestation has said that their father had molested him.”
He claimed that Farrow was obsessed with adopting children and treated orphans like “toys”.
And he claimed that Farrow was “unnaturally obsessed” with Ronan, who was named Satchel at birth.
“When Satchel was born, things took an even darker quantum leap,” Allen writes.
“From his birth, Mia expropriated Satchel.
“She took him into her bedroom, her bed, and insisted on breast-feeding him. She kept telling me she intended to do it for years, and that anthropological studies have shown positive results from tribes where breast-feeding goes on much longer than on the Upper West Side."
Mia and Ronan Farrow are yet to respond to Allen’s allegations.