Soon-Yi Previn, Woody Allen’s wife of 20 years and Mia Farrow’s adoptive daughter, has broken her silence in a lengthy and explosive interview with New York magazine.
The interview, conducted by Daphne Merkin, who acknowledges in the story that she’s been a friend of Allen’s for more than 40 years, details what Previn, 47, describes as an abusive childhood, explains how her relationship with Allen began and addresses allegations that Allen molested adopted daughter Dylan Farrow.
“What’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust,” Previn tells the magazine. Mia “has taken advantage of the #MeToo movement and paraded Dylan as a victim. And a whole new generation is hearing about it when they shouldn’t.”
Merkin has previously written of her admiration for Allen in her 2014 book “The Fame Lunches,” a collection of essays.
Previn married Allen, who is 35 years her elder, in 1997. She was brought to the United States from South Korea by Farrow and her then-husband Andre Previn in 1977 and adopted.
Mia and Dylan Farrow aren’t quoted in the story. Nor is Ronan Farrow, whose investigative reports in the New Yorker uncovered allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, setting the #MeToo movement into motion.
The Farrow family denounced the report in statements sent to USA TODAY by their representative, Chris Bastardi.
Dylan Farrow, who says she was contacted by New York magazine, criticized the report for “multiple obvious falsehoods.”
“Woody Allen molested me when I was seven years old, part of a documented pattern of inappropriate, abusive touching that led a judge to say there was no evidence I was coached and that it was unsafe for me to be in Woody Allen’s presence,” her statement says in part. “The idea of letting a friend of an alleged predator write a one-sided piece attacking the credibility of his victim is disgusting.”
“None of us ever witnessed anything other than compassionate treatment in our home,” says a statement from seven of Farrow’s children, including Ronan. “We reject any effort to deflect from Dylan’s allegation by trying to vilify our mom.
Ronan Farrow described the story as “a hit job,” writing that “survivors of abuse deserve better.”
“As a brother and a son, I’m angry that New York Magazine would participate in this kind of a hit job, written by a longtime admirer and friend of Woody Allen’s,” he wrote. “As a journalist, I’m shocked by the lack of care for the facts, the refusal to include eyewitness testimony that would contradict falsehoods in this piece, and the failure to print my sister’s responses.”
USA TODAY has reached out to Mia Farrow’s representative for comment.
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