Dylan Farrow, who accused Woody Allen of molesting her as a child, struck back today at Soon-Yi Previn, her one-time step-sister who became her step-mother, for her strident defense of the tarnished director in a new magazine article. (See her statement below)
“I was never interested in writing a ‘Mommie Dearest,’ getting even with Mia [Farrow] — none of that,” Soon-Yi says in New York magazine.
“But what’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust. [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,” she adds.
Dylan Farrow’s story triggered a blizzard of media coverage when mother Mia Farrow first lodged the charges in 1993 during a bitter custody battle. But the story faded into obscurity after a police investigation failed to turn up enough evidence to charge the famed director with child abuse.
After years of silence, Dylan laid out her experience in her own words for the first time in a haunting, first-person account published in a February 2014 edition in The New York Times.
“When I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. 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.”
The #MeToo movement exploded three years later in Nov. 2017 when another New York Times expose revealed that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein had engaged in a series of sexual assaults or sexual harassment of young starlets over the course of his career.
The movement has spread to other industries as women have come forward to tell of their experiences. Most recently all-powerful CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves was forced to step down in the face of similar allegations.
But Allen has somehow continued to skate. He’s still making films in Hollywood and working with A-list actresses like Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively and Scarlett Johannson. All three have come to his defense, or discounted the allegations.
Other actors, notably Susan Sarandon, Greta Gerwig, Colin Firth and Mira Sorvino have expressed remorse for working with him, or disdain over his behavior.
From the get-go, Mia and Woody were an odd pairing. They lived separately, yet were together as a couple for 12 years, from 1980 through 1992. They raised 14 children, 10 of whom, including Soon-Yi and Dylan, were adopted.
Three of the adopted children, Tam, Lark and Thaddeus have passed away; the rest are divided on whom to believe. Ronan Farrow, a journalist who has written extensive on the #MeToo Movement, sides with Dylan.
In a tell-all article in 2013, Moses Farrow (also adopted) claimed that Mia had physically abused him. Moses also asserted that Farrow had coached her children into believing stories she made up about Allen.
For his part, Allen defended himself in a 2014 follow-up article, again in The Times, in which he strenuously proclaimed his innocence.
Meanwhile, Dylan has continued to tell her story, most recently in a January interview with Gayle King.
“I am credible and I am telling the truth and I think it’s important that people realize that one victim, one accuser, matters. And that they are enough to change things,” she said in the interview.
Through it all, Soon-Yi has been silent, until the new magazine article. Needless to say, Soon-Yi’s recollections about life with Mia are starkly different than Dylan’s. She describes Mia as aloof, indifferent, scolding and not above playing favorites. She clearly wasn’t one of them.
She acknowledges that the trigger for the split between her adoptive parents were nude photos of her taken by Woody. Mia found them casually strewn on a fireplace mantle. Until then, their affair had been a secret. But Soon-Yi, now 47, insists she was 21 when their relationship began.
Soon-Yi was 10 when Allen and Farrow began dating. “Woody wasn’t interested in meeting us children. And the feeling was mutual,” she recalls. She says Allen was never a father-figure to her.
“We didn’t think of him as a father, and he didn’t even have clothing at our house, not even a toothbrush,” she recounts. She says they gradually grew together when they started spending more time together. We were like two magnets, very attracted to each other,” she says.
Oddly, Allen’s relationship with her parallels a recurring theme in almost all of his films–a young woman invariably falling in love with an older man. Allen, at 82, is 35 years older than Soon-Yi.
For the full interview, check out New York magazine. See Dylan’s response below.