Soon-Yi Previn defends husband Woody Allen, attacks adoptive mother

NEW YORK (AP) — Soon-Yi Previn, the wife of Woody Allen and the estranged adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, defended her husband against what she contends is unfair treatment in the #MeToo era and attacked her adoptive mother in her first public comments about the relationships in decades.

New York magazine posted on its website Sunday night an in-depth article about Previn in which she talks of a troubled relationship with her mother and tells how she fell in love in 1992 with Allen, who was Farrow's boyfriend at the time.

The 47-year-old said she and her mother clashed soon after Farrow adopted her and that her mother many times treated her like a maid. She denies being manipulated into a relationship by Allen.

Previn told the magazine that she decided to speak out now because Dylan Farrow, who is an adopted daughter of Allen, is, in her view, unfairly accusing her husband of sexual abusing her when she was a child.

"I was never interested in writing a 'Mommie Dearest,' getting even with Mia — none of that," Previn told the 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."

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U.S. actor and filmaker Woody Allen kisses Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of his former lover Mia Farrow, in a gondola in Venice's Grand Canal December 24. Allen 62, and Previn, 27, were married in a secret civil ceremony December 23, officiated by Venice Mayor Massimo Cacciari, at the imposing Palazzo Cavalli. ITALY ALLEN
Actor and director Woody Allen (R) sits next to his new wife Soon-Yi at the New York Knicks versus Orlando Magic basketball game, January 3 in Madison Square Garden. The couple were married last week in Venice. ALLEN
U.S. actor and director Woody Allen (L) and Soon-Yi Previn watch the final [between Pete Sampras and Marat Safin] at the U.S. Open in New York September 10, 2000.
U.S. director Woody Allen and his wife Soon Yi arrive at the Venice Movie Palace August 27, 2003. Allen film 'Anything Else' is set to kick off the 60th annual Venice Film Festival. REUTERS/Tony Gentile PP03080098 TG
Comic and film director Woody Allen and his wife, Soon Yi Previn (obscured-left) and children watch the Cleveland Cavaliers play the New York Knicks in an NBA game in New York's Madison Square Garden, January 28, 2005. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine RFS
U.S. director Woody Allen (L) arrives with his wife Soon Yi Previn during red carpet arrivals for the out of competition screening of his film "Match Point" at the 58th Cannes Film Festival May 12, 2005.
Director Woody Allen (L) and his wife Soon-Yi Previn arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Match Point" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles December 8, 2005. The movie tells the story of former tennis pro Chris who falls for Nola who happens to be dating one of Chris' friends. The movie opens in Los Angeles and New York on December 28. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
U.S. director Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi arrives at the Cinema Palace in Venice September 2, 2007. Allen's movie "Cassandra's Dream" is being shown at the Venice Film Festival. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi ( ITALY)
U.S. director Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi arrive for the screening of his film "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 17, 2008. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier (FRANCE)
Director Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi pose at the premiere of the film "Whatever Works" in Paris June 19, 2009. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE ENTERTAINMENT)
Director Woody Allen (L) and his wife Soon-Yi (R) leave after the screening of the film "You will meet a tall dark stranger" at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival May 15, 2010. REUTERS/Yves Herman (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
U.S. film director Woody Allen poses with his wife Soon-Yi Previn during a photocall before a screening of his latest film "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" in Aviles, northern Spain, August 24, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer (SPAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Director of the movie and cast member Woody Allen (L) and his wife Soon-Yi Previn pose at the premiere of "To Rome with Love" during the opening night of the Los Angeles Film Festival at the Regal Cinemas in Los Angeles, California June 14, 2012. The movie opens limitedly in the U.S. on June 22. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
U.S. director Woody Allen and his wife Soon Yi Previn pose during the premiere of his film "To Rome with Love" in Rome April 13, 2012. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (ITALY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Director Woody Allen arrives with his wife Soon-Yi Previn for the premiere of his film "Magic in the Moonlight" in New York July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Director Woody Allen (L) and his wife Soon-Yi Previn arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Irrational Man" out of competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, May 15, 2015. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Director Woody Allen and his wifre Soon-Yi Previn pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film "Cafe Society" out of competition during the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, May 11, 2016.FranceREUTERS/Eric Gaillard
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 27: Soon-Yi Previn and Woody Allen attend The Art Show Gala Preview at Park Avenue Armory on February 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Soon-Yi Previn and Woody Allen attend the Youth America Grand Prix Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow Gala at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on April 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rebecca Smeyne/Getty Images)
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She also said of Farrow: "Mia wasn't maternal to me from the get-go."

An email sent to Mia Farrow's agent Sunday night was not immediately returned.

The Associated Press does not typically name victims of sexual abuse, but Dylan Farrow has commented extensively on her allegations that Allen abused her in 1992 when she was 7-years-old. Allen was investigated but wasn't charged, and he has long denied inappropriately touching Farrow.

In a statement in January after Dylan Farrow's allegations resurfaced, Allen reiterated his denial and accused her and her family of using the Time's Up movement "to repeat this discredited allegation."

In separate statements posted on Twitter Sunday night, Dylan Farrow and Ronan Farrow say their mother is a good parent and that the New York magazine article is inaccurate and unfair. Dylan Farrow also noted that the New York magazine piece's author, Daphne Merkin, calls herself a longtime friend of Allen's.

The director, who faced a wave of backlash earlier this year including several prominent actors vowing not to work with him again, is also quoted in the New York magazine piece. "I am a pariah," Merkin quotes the director as saying during a lunch. "People think that I was Soon-Yi's father, that I raped and married my underaged, retarded daughter."

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Actor/director Woody Allen and Mia Farrow. (Photo by David Mcgough/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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American actress Mia Farrow with actor, director and screenwriter Woody Allen on the set of his movie Shadows and Fog. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
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UNITED STATES - circa 1985: Actor and director Woody Allen with his partner, actress Mia Farrow. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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