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Woody Allen's wife Soon-Yi Previn defends director in rare interview


Soon-Yi Previn, the wife of Woody Allen, has given a rare interview to defender her husband against sexual misconduct allegations.

Soon-Yi, the adopted daughter of actress Mia Farrow and musician André Previn, has accused Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow of taking advantage of the #MeToo campaign after she alleged that her father molested her when she was a child.

In 1979, after ending her marriage with Soon-Yi’s adopted father Previn, Mia Farrow began a relationship with Allen. However, their relationship ended in 1992, when Allen began having an intimate relationship with Soon-Yi, her adopted daughter who was 22 years old at the time. Allen later admitted that he had held a ‘paternal’ role of Soon-Yi for a decade. 

Now Soon-Yi, who has famously kept her silence for decades, has hit out against the allegations made against her husband in a new interview with Vulture: “What’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust,” Previn said.

“[Mia] has taken advantage of the #MeToo movement and paraded Dylan [Farrow] as a victim. And a whole new generation is hearing about it when they shouldn’t.”

Back in 1993 an investigation found that Allen had not sexually assaulted Mia Farrow. That said, a judge explained in his ruling that “we will probably never know what occurred on 4 August 1992… Mr Allen’s behaviour toward Dylan was grossly inappropriate and… measures must be taken to protect her.”

Dylan Farrow was removed from Allen’s custody.

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The interview has been heavily criticised after it was revealed that the author, Daphne Merkin, is a longterm friend of Allen’s. On top of that, Allen was present during the interview and, at one point, interjected by saying: “I am a pariah,” when the interview turned to the accusations against him. “People think that I was Soon-Yi’s father, that I raped and married my underaged, retarded daughter,” he added.

In reaction to the article, Dylan Farrow released a statement on Twitter: “The idea of letting a friend of an alleged predator write a one-sided piece attacking the credibility of his victim is disgusting,” she said.

On top of that, Ronan Farrow, brother of Dylan, also tweeted a statement to criticise the New York Magazine for its decision to run an article which he described as “a hit job, written by a longtime admirer and friend of Woody Allen’s”.

“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,” he wrote.