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While Previn’s interview adds some new details to her previous claims, including more specific allegations of abuse, it doesn’t make any new claims.
Previn talks to Merkin about the beginning of her relationship with Allen; after watching Ingmar Bergman’s with Allen on break from college, “we chatted about it, and I must have been impressive because he kissed me and I think that started it.” She says she “felt valued” by Allen, which was “quite flattering for me” — “He’s usually a meek person, and he took a big leap.” Previn frequently casts her mother’s actions as self-serving attempts to get Previn on her side rather than Allen’s.
In January 1992, Mia Farrow discovered explicit nude photographs of her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, taken by Farrow’s then-long-term partner, Woody Allen.
At the time, Previn was a college student in her early 20s; Allen was in his 50s.
At one point, Previn says, Farrow held her upside down so the blood rushing to her head “would make me smarter or something.” Previn also describes the beginning of her and Allen’s relationship, saying that neither of them thought it would last long, but that it did largely because of the way they grew close during the aftermath of Farrow and Allen’s breakup.
But Previn has mostly stayed out of the public eye, while Allen has continued making about one movie per year, as well as writing books and humor pieces.
Previn is “articulate and self-aware,” she writes, while Allen is described as always having had a “lack of a discernible ego” and an “unwillingness, or perhaps inability, to contest his ongoing vilification.” (“I am a pariah,” he tells Merkin.) The profile has proved immediately controversial.
However, the cause is not so much its content, which largely sees Previn repeating — albeit in much more detail — accusations that have been broadly made in the past.
In August 1992, Previn excoriated her mother in a statement issued by Allen’s publicist that was published in Newsweek.
In the statement, she accused her mother of being “violent with me” and declared that “the business of him molesting Dylan is so ridiculous that I won’t dignify it with a comment.” Dylan Farrow, for her part, has maintained her story into adulthood, most recently reentering the public eye with the advent of the #Me Too movement.