Mia Farrow says Woody Allen 'weaponized' Soon-Yi Previn against her

Mia Farrow claims Woody Allen ‘weaponized’ her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn against her and Dylan admits she tore her family apart with the sexual assault allegations in final part of HBO documentary

  • Soon-Yi Previn was adopted by Mia Farrow and husband Andre Previn in 1978
  • Farrow and the German composer split; she began dating Woody Allen in 1979
  • In 1992 Allen left Farrow for Soon-Yi: he was 56 at the time, and she was 21
  • On Sunday Farrow told HBO that Allen had ‘weaponized’ Soon-Yi against her
  • She also accused Allen of turning Soon-Yi and their son Moses against her
  • Allen and Soon-Yi did not participate in the HBO docuseries 

Mia Farrow has accused her former boyfriend Woody Allen of ‘weaponizing’ her adopted daughter – now Allen’s wife – against her.

Farrow, 76, discussed her relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, 50, in Sunday night’s final episode of HBO docuseries Allen v Farrow.

Allen and Previn did not participate in the series, but Farrow opened up about her complicated family.

Mia Farrow told her side of the story in the four-part HBO series Allen v Farrow

Soon-Yi Previn was adopted by Mia Farrow (pictured) in 1978 and began dating Allen in 1992 

Allen and Soon-Yi, pictured in 2018, married in 1997 and have two adopted children together

Farrow was a mother to seven children before becoming involved with Allen in 1979: her children with ex-husband André Previn – twins Matthew and Sascha Previn, Lark Song Previn, Fletcher Previn and Summer ‘Daisy’ Song Previn, Soon-Yi Previn and Moses Previn.

Soon-Yi and Allen began a relationship in January 1992: he was 56, and she was 21. The pair married in 1997.

‘They are all people I loved with all my heart. They are all people that I would’ve laid down my life for,’ Farrow said.

‘I love Soon-Yi. It took me six years to throw away the Christmas stocking I knitted for her thinking she would come back, but she didn’t.’

Farrow said in a previous episode that inviting Allen into her family was her biggest regret

Allen and Soon-Yi did not participate in the HBO series, and called it a ‘hatchet job’

Farrow had seven children with Andre Previn when she began a relationship with Allen

Allen and Farrow with their adopted daughter Dylan Farrow and biological son Ronan Farrow

Farrow accused Allen of turning Soon-Yi and Moses, now 43, against her.

‘He’s weaponized two of my children that he’s turned against me,’ she said.

Moses defended Allen in 2014 and claimed Farrow was an abusive mother.

Allen and Farrow had adopted Moses and Dylan, now 35, in December 1991.

In 1992 Dylan accused Allen of sexual abuse, which she said happened when she was seven.

He has always denied her allegations, and was not charged – although a Connecticut prosecutor said there was probable cause for a criminal case.

Dylan Farrow revealed in Sunday’s episode that she felt responsible for the divide in her family after coming forward with her allegation.

‘None of my older siblings were ever the same,’ she said.

‘After the whole custody trial, my mom stopped having to go to court all the time and we moved away from the city. 

‘And it was sort of a grace period where I thought, OK, this is great, I can start over. 

‘We never talked about Soon-Yi or Woody. But there was a long period of guilt for me. 

‘I felt like I had caused a rift in my family. I felt if I’d just kept a secret that I could have spared my mom all this grief and my brothers, my sisters and myself.’

Farrow recounted how the family drifting apart caused her to become even more isolated as she internalized her feelings growing up, and noted that ‘none of them asked’ about how she was clearly pulling away. 

The effects of Soon-Yi’s relationship with Allen, and of Dylan’s allegations, had a devastating impact on the whole family.

‘I just remember my family was turned upside down,’ said Daisy Previn. 

‘We were all devastated. It was a sad time. I think most of us just tried to get through with our lives.’

Her brother, Fletcher, added: ‘We were a tight family unit and that was much less so the case after this. 

‘People went into survival mode. It was just a difficult time for everyone.’

Farrow said that it prevented her ever trusting men again.

‘I never brought [dates or significant others] home because I didn’t want to risk anybody falling for one of my beautiful children or grandchildren,’ Farrow said.

‘If I couldn’t trust Woody after 12 years, I would never take another risk with anybody else,’ she added.

‘I don’t trust myself to know. How would you know? I don’t know. So I never brought them home.’

Allen and Soon-Yi are pictured in Venice shortly after their wedding in the city, in 1997

Allen and Soon-Yi in New York City in December 1997, shortly before their wedding

The couple are seen in New York City, where they live, during the pandemic 

Earlier in the docuseries, Farrow said inviting Allen into her family was ‘the greatest regret of my life.’

‘It’s my fault,’ she said. ‘I brought this guy into my family. There’s nothing I can do to take that away.’

In February, Allen and Previn criticized the series, calling it a ‘hatchet job riddled with falsehoods.’

‘These documentarians had no interest in the truth,’ a spokesperson for the couple said in a statement provided to Deadline and other outlets.

‘Woody and Soon-Yi were approached less than two months ago and given only a matter of days to respond. Of course, they declined to do so.

‘As has been known for decades, these allegations are categorically false. Multiple agencies investigated them at the time and found that, whatever Dylan Farrow may have been led to believe, absolutely no abuse had ever taken place.’

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