After remaining quiet on the subject for years, Woody Allen's wife Soon-Yi Previn has spoken out about the ongoing controversy surrounding her husband - ultimately accusing her adoptive mother Mia Farrow of years of abuse, as well as misusing the #MeToo movement. Allen has been at the center of sexual abuse claims made by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, and Soon-Yi has finally decided to tell her side of the story.
In 1992, Dylan Farrow, who was seven years old at the time, accused Allen of sexually abusing her. It's been a messy uphill battle ever since, with Allen never being officially charged with any crime, and it became a focal topic of the #MeToo movement beginning around the end of 2017. Now, after Mia, Dylan, and even Dylan's brother Ronan Farrow, who has reported significantly on the #MeToo movement, as well as his sister's relationship with Allen, in publications such as The New York Times and The LA Times, Soon-Yi has opened up publicly about the controversy. Typically more of a quiet spectator, Soon-Yi ultimately displayed a vastly different angle on the situation, revealing that not only are the claims made against Allen untrue, but that Mia Farrow was abusive to her as a child.
Soon-Yi spoke with Vulture in order to offer her personal input on the situation, while also shedding light on her relationship with Farrow. After being adopted by Farrow and her then-husband André Previn, Soon-Yi revealed that Farrow was abusive to her from the get-go; stating that Farrow would not only play favorites with her other children (she and Previn had three biological children and two adopted children at the time when they adopted Soon-Yi in 1978), but throw wooden blocks at her while teaching her to speak English, hold her upside down by her feet, slap her, and call her hurtful names. Soon-Yi added that her brother Moses Farrow, one of Mia's other adopted children, referred to Mia's parenting as a "total breakdown of your spirit."
Soon-Yi explained that she never saw the benefit in opening up about her adoptive mother's behavior when she was growing up, but revealed that the allegations made against Allen prompted her to reassess her stance. She explained in her interview with Vulture that "what's happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust," and that 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." In response, Dylan Farrow made an official statement on her personal Twitter account, revealing that Soon-Yi's account of her mother is incorrect.
Like any controversy or scandal, there are two sides to the story. In this case, the accusations made against Allen have been mostly one-sided. Now, whether or not one side of the story is truer than the other, Soon-Yi's recount of her childhood and relationship with Mia at the very least offers another perspective. It may be impossible to know for sure what information is embellished or not, but as New York Magazine spokesperson Lauren Starke said in defense of the article, according to THR, Soon-Yi "is entitled to be heard."