Soon-Yi Breaks Silence On Life With Woody Allen

Soon-Yi Previn has broken her decades-long silence on her affair with, and marriage to, director Woody Allen.

The highly controversial piece, published in the September issue of the New York Magazine, has already been condemned by her siblings, including Dylan Farrow.

As Previn herself tells it, she suffered a childhood of neglect at the hands of her adoptive mother, Mia Farrow, before beginning a friendship with her mother's then-husband Allen in what eventually became a consensual affair.

"We didn't think of him as a father," Previn, 47, insisted, describing a close friendship developed after the pair began attending basketball games together.

“We talked quite a bit, and to the best of my memory I came in from college on some holiday and he showed me a Bergman movie, which I believe was The Seventh Seal, but I’m not positive. We chatted about it, and I must have been impressive because he kissed me and I think that started it. We were like two magnets, very attracted to each other.”

American comedian, actor, and film director Woody Allen (left) and his partner, actress Mia Farrow pose under an awning with their children, from left, Misha, Dylan (in Farrow's arms), Fletcher, and Soon Yi, New York, New York, 1986. Photo: Getty.

However, the piece, published by New York Magazine, has been widely criticised, and has been refuted by Previn's siblings, including Allen's children Dylan and Ronan Farrow.

It was written by essayist and novelist Daphne Merkin, who confessed to being a long-time friend of Allen's, and according to Ronan Farrow lacks basic facts while containing a number of falsehoods.

Ronan Farrow won a shared Pulitzer for breaking the Harvey Weinstein allegations. Photo: NBC / Getty.

"Woody Allen and his allies [plant] stories that attack and vilify my mother to deflect from my sister's credible allegation of abuse," said Farrow in a statement.

"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.

"As a journalist, I'm shocked by the refusal to include eyewitness testimony that would contradict falsehoods in this piece, and the failure to print my sister's response. Survivors of abuse deserve better."

The piece cast doubt on Mia's parenting and the validity of Dylan's abuse claims, casting "bizarre fabrications about my mother while failing to mention that a prosecutor found probably cause of abuse by Woody Allen and that he was in therapy for his unhealthy fixation on my body," said Dylan.

"The idea of letting a friend of an alleged predator write a one-sided piece attacking the credibility of his victim is disgusting."

Mia Farrow's seven living children -- Matthew Previn, Sascha Previn, Fletcher Previn, Daisy Previn, Isaiah Farrow, Quincy Farrow and Ronan -- released a joint statement refuting Soon-Yi's claims of abuse and neglect.

"None of us ever witnessed anything other than the compassionate treatment in our home," the statement said.

"We reject any effort to deflect from Dylan's allegations by trying to vilify our mom. While we would rather not have to speak publicly about this painful time in our lives, we also couldn't be silent as she is once again unfairly attacked."

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