Ronan and Dylan Farrow respond with statements of support for their mother, with the latter maintaining she was molested by the filmmaker when she was 7 years old.
"What’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust. [Mia] has taken advantage of the #MeToo movement and paraded Dylan as a victim," Soon-Yi told New York Magazine in her first interview since starting her romance with Allen at 22. "And a whole new generation is hearing about it when they shouldn't."
She's referring to the allegations that Allen molested Dylan when she was 7 years old. "He touched my labia and my vulva with his finger," Dylan told Gayle King earlier this year while detailing the alleged abuse on CBS.
Allen denied the allegation when it was first made in 1992. Both the Connecticut State Attorney and the New York Department of Social Services investigated the allegation but did not press charges, while the NY DSS found "no credible evidence" to support the claim back in 1992. The allegation came out after Mia had learned of Allen's affair with Soon-Yi by discovering nude photos he had taken of her at his apartment.
In the lengthy NY Magazine piece, Soon-Yi paints an unflattering picture of Mia's parenting.
"It’s hard for someone to imagine, but I really can’t come up with a pleasant memory," she said. Over the course of the interview, Soon-Yi gives details, like Mia insulting her intelligence, even calling her "retarded."
"I do have a little learning disability. I’ve never spoken about it, because Mia drummed it into me to be ashamed about it. It comes out in spelling, and I had to work much harder in school," she said. "Mia used to write words on my arm, which was humiliating, so I’d always wear long-sleeved shirts. She would also tip me upside down, holding me by my feet, to get the blood to drain to my head. Because she thought — or she read it, God knows where she came up with the notion — that blood going to my head would make me smarter or something."
In another memory, she recalled Mia throwing a porcelain rabbit at her. "I could see from the expression on her face that she felt she had gone too far. Because it could have really hurt me," Soon-Yi said.
"I wish she had taught me how to put on makeup," said at another point in the interview that took place over several days with reporter Daphne Merkin. "I don’t know how to do any of that stuff. Mia never taught me how to use a tampon, and my babysitter got me my first bra."
Still, Soon-Yi did say she was "grateful" to Mia for adopting her and conceded there are things to admire about the actress, famous for roles in "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Great Gatsby."
Mia's children, Dylan and Ronan Farrow, were quick to stick up for her, criticizing the New York Magazine piece titled, "Introducing Soon-Yi Previn As controversies tumbled around her, the daughter of Mia Farrow and wife of Woody Allen stayed silent for decades. No more."
Ronan, who has written exposés about sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein and former CBS CEO Les Moonves, called the profile "shameful," while Dylan described it as "disgusting" and maintained she was molested by her father.
Statement on New York magazine, which has done something shameful here: pic.twitter.com/xGeQP341OG— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) September 17, 2018
I'm grateful to my siblings for standing by me and my mother. Statement from Matthew Previn, Sascha Previn, Fletcher Previn, Daisy Previn, Ronan Farrow, Isaiah Farrow, and Quincy Farrow: pic.twitter.com/aBjWFUJjdH— Dylan Farrow (@RealDylanFarrow) September 17, 2018
My statement on New York Magazine: pic.twitter.com/xml6pdaZqb— Dylan Farrow (@RealDylanFarrow) September 17, 2018
But another one of Mia's adopted children, Moses Farrow, supported Soon-Yi's account by issuing his own damning description of Mia's parenting, describing it as a "total breakdown of your spirit, to ensure that you would do what she wanted you to do."
"It’s the honeymoon when you’re first adopted, then the veil gets pulled back and you start seeing Mia for who she is," the 40-year-old family therapist added.
Soon-Yi, now 47, doesn't dive into Dylan's allegations against Allen. Instead, she keeps the focus on her life, a story that begins as a 5-year-old runaway on the streets of Seoul, which led to being placed in an orphanage, then being adopted by Mia and her ex-husband, André Previn, before moving with Mia to New York after her split from Previn.
She does, however, pull back the curtain about her taboo relationship with Allen, who she says she initially despised, but warmed up to when she was a junior in high school. She said they began their affair 25 years ago while she was home on break from college, and even detailed their first intimate moment.
"We talked quite a bit and to the best of my memory I came in from college on some holiday and he showed me a Bergman movie, which I believe was 'The Seventh Seal,' but I’m not positive," she said. "We chatted about it, and I must have been impressive because he kissed me and I think that started it. We were like two magnets, very attracted to each other."
"'I wondered how long it was going to take you to make a move,'" she recalled saying after their first kiss. "From the first kiss I was a goner and loved him."
Soon-Yi admitted the relationship with Allen was a "moral dilemma" and "a huge betrayal" to Mia, but added, "Mia was never kind to me, never civil. And here was a chance for someone showing me affection and being nice to me, so of course I was thrilled and ran for it. I’d be a moron and an idiot, retarded if I’d stayed with Mia."
"I wasn’t the one who went after Woody -- where would I get the nerve? He pursued me," she added. "That’s why the relationship has worked: I felt valued. It’s quite flattering for me. He’s usually a meek person, and he took a big leap."
Soon-Yi married Allen on December 23, 1997 and went on two raise two adopted daughters, who are both in college.