Soon-Yi Previn has spoken out in a bombshell interview, accusing her adoptive mother Mia Farrow of being cruel and heartless toward her as a child as she defends her husband Woody Allen against Farrow’s longstanding claims that he abused their adopted daughter Dylan when she was seven.
The 47-year-old Previn, whose controversial relationship with Allen began when she was 21 and he was dating Farrow, gave her first-ever lengthy interview for a piece in New York Magazine published on Sunday.
The article, which is sympathetic toward Previn and Allen, was written by the famed director’s longtime friend, Daphne Merkin. She discloses in the article that Allen has been her friend ‘for over four decades’.
Dylan Farrow has blasted the connection, dismissing the article as full of ‘multiple obvious falsehoods’ and reiterating her allegation that Allen molested her as a child.
Woody Allen’s wife Soon-Yi Previn will speak out for the first time in New York Magazine for a feature piece that will be released on Monday
Previn, going into great detail about her childhood, paints a picture of Farrow as a neglectful mother who was furious over her affair with Allen and possibly sought revenge.
When Farrow discovered the affair in January 1992 by finding naked Polaroids of Previn in Allen’s home, she declared ‘He took my daughter, I’m going to take his,’ according to Allen’s sister Letty Aronson.
The enraged actress even sent Allen a disturbing collage that Valentine’s Day, with a family photo on a flower-encrusted, gilded heart with skewers stuck through the hearts of the images of the children and a real knife through her own heart, Merkin claims.
Allen and Farrow shared custody of three children at the time: Dylan; Ronan, who has gone on to fame as a journalist; and Moses. Farrow also at the time had three biological children from her prior marriage, and two adopted children from the marriage, including Soon-Yi.
The alleged molestation of Dylan took place on August 4 of 1992, as the revelation of Previn and Allen’s relationship continued to rock the family.
‘Mia was so volatile. I understand she would be angry — don’t get me wrong, she had every right to be. But she was like a sinkhole taking everything down with her,’ Previn said in the new interview.
Woody Allen (left) is seen with Mia Farrow in 1986, and her children (left to right) Fletcher Previn, Dylan Farrow (in Mia’s arms), Moses Previn, and Soon-Yi Previn
Allen is seen with young Dylan in 1989. The new article purports that Mia Farrow’s allegation that he molested the young girl was part of a revenge plot over Allen’s affair with Previn
Previn (left) is seen with adoptive mother Mia Farrow in 1992, the year that Farrow discovered that Previn was having an affair with Allen, and accused Allen of molesting Dylan
Previn described a difficult childhood with Farrow, who adopted her in 1978 from South Korea, where she was found wandering the streets aged about five.
Previn claims that Farrow asked her to make a tape about her origins, detailing how she’d been the daughter of a prostitute who beat her – but Previn had no memory of such a past, and refused.
She also describes Farrow’s borderline abuse as she tried to adapt to life in a new country with an unfamiliar language.
‘She tried to teach me the alphabet with those wooden blocks. If I didn’t get them right, sometimes she’d throw them at me or down on the floor. Who can learn under that pressure?’
Previn claims that Farrow would hold her upside down ‘to get the blood to drain to my head. Because she thought — or she read it, God knows where she came up with the notion — that blood going to my head would make me smarter or something.’
She also describes being slapped across the face and spanked her with a hairbrush by Farrow, who she says called her ‘stupid’ and ‘moronic.’
Previn described hating Allen upon first meeting him when she was a child, and he began dating Farrow in 1979.
‘I hated him because he was with my mother, and I didn’t understand why anyone could be with such a nasty, mean person. I thought he must be the same way,’ she told Merkin.
Previn’s opinion did not improve when she overheard Allen tell Farrow that he thought Previn was ‘inordinately shy’ and recommended the child see a ‘shrink’.
‘And I’m thinking the most famous neurotic is saying this — and this is how he makes his living, being shy! I hated him before, but I hated him double for saying this,’ Previn said.
Allen and Previn are seen together in 2000. They began dating in 1991, when she was about 21 and he was 56, and romantically entangled with her adoptive mother Mia Farrow
Their relationship blossomed when she was in 11th grade and began attending Knicks games with Allen. Things turned romantic when she was a freshman in college, the couple said.
Previn says that she only learned of Allen’s true feelings when he held a press conference in August 1992 declaring his love for her, days after Farrow’s attorneys approached him seeking a confidential multi-million settlement over the allegation that he molested Dylan.
Allen also spoke out in the new article, lamenting: ‘I am a pariah.’
‘People think that I was Soon-Yi’s father, that I raped and married my underaged, retarded daughter,’ Allen said.
The director added that Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign had returned his and Previn’s donation without comment.
Moses Previn, who is now a therapist, is the only of Farrow’s 11 surviving children who spoke out in the article to support Previn’s claims.
Moses described Farrow’s parenting style as a ‘total breakdown of your spirit, to ensure that you would do what she wanted you to do.’
‘It’s the honeymoon when you’re first adopted, then the veil gets pulled back and you start seeing Mia for who she is,’ he said. Farrow adopted Moses in 1989, when he was two.
In statements, Dylan Farrow and Ronan Farrow blasted the article as inaccurate and biased.
‘The idea of letting a friend of an alleged predator write a one-sided piece attacking the credibility of his victim is disgusting,’ said Dylan Farrow. ‘Woody Allen molested me when I was seven years old.’
‘As a brother and 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,’ wrote Ronan Farrow, Allen’s purported biological son.
‘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,’ the Pulitzer-winner Ronan Farrow continued.
Dylan Farrow (pictured with Mia Farrow), who has maintained she was sexually assaulted by Allen when she was seven years old, is reportedly outraged by the piece
Soon-Yi has remained silent throughout the many scandals that have followed Allen through the years with his family
Dylan’s allegations against Allen, which first came to light in 1992, have resurfaced in the #MeToo era.
Farrow’s accusations made headlines again when she called out actresses who showed public support for the Time’s Up initiative but still worked with Allen.
Sources told Page Six that Dylan was angered when she found out the piece was written by Daphne Merkin (pictured) who personally knows Allen
‘I fully support women taking a stand, linking arms with other women (and men), advocating on behalf of one another to effect change not only in the entertainment industry but in the world at large,’ Farrow said in a statement.
‘That is an admirable and worthwhile objective, I hope these women change the world.
‘That said, the people who join this movement without taking any kind of personal accountability for the ways in which their own words and decisions have helped to perpetuate the culture they are fighting against, that’s hard for me to reconcile.’
Celebrities including Colin Firth, Mira Sorvino, Timothée Chalamet, and Michael Caine have since said they regretted working with Allen in the past.
Allen later claimed he was the ‘poster boy’ for the movement, portraying himself as a victim and saying it was unfair he was linked with Harvey Weinstein.
‘What bothers me is that I get linked in with them,’ he said. ‘People who have been accused by 20 women, 50 women, 100 women of abuse and abuse and abuse.’
‘And I, who was only accused by one woman in a child custody case which was looked at and proven to be untrue, I get lumped in with these people.’
Allen said he was ‘distressed’ that Dylan’s accusations were damaging his career amid the #MeToo movement.
‘I think in any situation where anyone is accused of something unjustly, this is a sad thing,’ he said.
‘This is something that has been thoroughly looked at 25 years ago by all the authorities and everybody came to the conclusion that it was untrue.
‘And that was the end and I’ve gone on with my life. For it to come back now, it’s a terrible thing to accuse a person of.
‘I’m a man with a family and my own children. So of course it’s upsetting.’
Dylan’s allegations first came to light during a bitter custody battle in 1992.
Allen, who went on to marry Previn in 1997, was investigated over the rape claims but was never charged. He has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Dylan’s allegations first came to light during a bitter custody battle in 1992. Farrow is pictured here with Allen, Ronan Farrow, and Dylan in 1988
Farrow won custody of the couple’s three children, and Allen was stripped of visitation rights with Dylan.
In her 2014 open letter published in the New York Times, which opened Allen to a new round of scrutiny, Dylan, now aged 32, described in detail the alleged rape in the attic.
‘He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set,’ she recalled.
‘Then he sexually assaulted me. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies.
‘I remember staring at that toy train, focusing on it as it traveled in its circle around the attic. To this day, I find it difficult to look at toy trains.’