Woody Allen on his affair with teenage Soon-Yi: ‘I’d do it again in a heartbeat’

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Woody Allen has a new memoir called Apropos of Nothing. There was a lot of drama about Allen’s book deal, because he used the same publishers as his son Ronan Farrow, and there was a back and forth with all of that, which I mostly ignored because I don’t want to think about Woody Allen at all. But here we are. Woody’s book was published and gossip outlets got their hands on some of the first copies and… Woody talks about everything. He talks about Dylan Farrow, his daughter who has accused Woody of abusing her when she was a child. He talks a lot about Soon-Yi, his wife of many years, and the (de facto) step-daughter with whom he had an affair when she was just a teenager. Some assorted “highlights” via Page Six… I’m just trying to get all of this out of the way so we can all hork together and move on:

He dedicated the book to Soon-Yi: “For Soon-Yi, the best. I had her eating out of my hand and then I noticed my arm was missing.”

His affair with Soon-Yi Previn: “At the very early stages of our new relationship, when lust reigns supreme … we couldn’t keep our hands off each other.” Allen said he and Mia Farrow were basically apart by the time he began dating her adopted daughter, who is 35 years younger than he. He recalled the day Farrow learned of the affair after discovering erotic photographs of her 20-something daughter at Allen’s apartment. “Of course I understand her shock, her dismay, her rage, everything. It was the correct reaction.” But he also expressed no regret.“Sometimes, when the going got rough and I was maligned everywhere, I was asked if I had known the outcome, do I ever wish I never took up with Soon-Yi? I always answered I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”

On Dylan Farrow: Allen has long denied sexually abusing Dylan, and in the book, he speculated that the accusations arose from what he calls Mia Farrow’s “Ahab-like quest” for revenge. “I never laid a finger on Dylan, never did anything to her that could be even misconstrued as abusing her; it was a total fabrication from start to finish,” he wrote. Describing a visit to Mia Farrow’s Connecticut house in August 1992, when he allegedly molested Dylan, he acknowledged briefly placing his head on his then-7-year-old daughter’s lap. “I certainly didn’t do anything improper to her. I was in a room full of people watching TV mid-afternoon.”

Why he married Soon-Yi: “As far as marriage was concerned, neither of us had any great need to formalize our relationship. We both felt that no contract is worth the paper it’s printed on if the parties are not happy. We loved each other and there was no need to resort to legislature. We would definitely not wed, and that was that. And then we married. Why? Not for romantic reasons but strictly financial. I adored Soon-Yi and knew I was much older and could drop dead at a moment’s notice. If I did, I wanted her to be legally protected, to get all I owned automatically with no hitches.”

[From Page Six]

Soon-Yi is now 49 years old and Woody is 85. For what it’s worth – and I’m only focusing on the creepiness of their marriage – I watched some authorized documentary about Woody doing a publicity tour through Europe with Soon-Yi at his side, and she’s 100% ride-or-die. She adores him and she absorbs all of his moods serenely. Yes, it’s creepy and yes, the way they got together was abhorrent. I guess my point is that Soon-Yi deserves the money. She earned that sh-t. And yes, Woody Allen is disgusting. *hork*

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  1. Snazzy says:

    I saw the title and the only thing that came to mind was
    “of course he did. He doesn’t see the problem in grooming a child.”
    As for Soon-Yi – she reminds me of Celine Dion in a way.

    • Imtired says:

      Because CD also met her middle aged husband as a teen?

      • Chloe says:

        Celine Dion was 12 years old when they begin to work together, but they “fell in love” when she was 19, he was 45. It’s not a good story.

      • Krakken says:

        Both were groomed by pedos as prepubescents and then married their abusers.

      • Snazzy says:

        Hi Imtired (love your name BTW) – as Choloe and Krakken said, it’s the way they were both groomed from a young age, but also the way both express their undying love for the ones that groomed them. They know nothing else. It’s heartbreaking

      • Imtired says:

        Thank you snazzy 😉 What You say makes sense. Since Celine is so vibrant I often forget that about her

    • frenchtoast says:

      Older white men always have a fetish for “exotic” young girls. They see no problem in raping children of color bc they’ve been able to do so during colonization. They think it’s their right and they treat them as property. I’m not white bu mt aunt has married a white man and he is also a perv and a creep with an exotic girl fetish. He disgusts me.

  2. Sonia says:

    Hork indeed!

    • ➕💯 Hork Hork. I hope that Ronan really is Frank Sinatra’s son. Who’d ever want to claim this man as a father? Out of respect for Dylan (adopted daughter) and Ronan (supposedly biological son), you’d think he would have said something in book like, out of respect for my children I am not going to discuss this episode in my life other than to state that I do not feel I am guilty as accused. But to drag it and go into his sexual relationship with an underage Soon-Yi and to drag specific details about a Dylan into this book are just disgusting. Badly done. Very badly done.

      • The Recluse says:

        He looks so much like Sinatra. It’s spooky.

      • AnnaKist says:

        I’ve always hoped that, JA. Woody Allen may not have broken any laws as far as his relationship with Soon-Yi is concerned, but he definitely crossed the line as far as family bonds are concerned. Soon-Yi is Mia Farrow’s daughter – adopted or not. Allen is just … foul.

      • LahdidahBaby says:

        I believe he DID break laws with Soon-Yi–not only the laws of simple human decency but actual laws that were on the books to protect minors from pedophiles. I recall seeing pics of him with Soon-Yi at Knicks night games, just the two of them, when she was still a minor, Soon-Yi gazing adoringly at him, not looking at the game. Even back then, before the truth of their relationship came out, those photos bothered me; later, when the true nature of their relationship was revealed, the pictures made my hair stand on end.

        As for the accusations that he molested his daughter Dylan, the judge who heard all the evidence in that case said that ONLY because the little girl was clearly in a very fragile condition emotionally was he not proceeding with the case. He felt that there was enough evidence to proceed, he said. And he said all this on the record–it can all be found and read online.

        And I’m someone who WORSHIPPED woody Allen before all of this happened. I SO did not want it to be true. His films were hysterically funny, so witty, and I had to give up seeing them after this all happened. I never saw a Woody Allen film again.

  3. mika says:

    He’s a pedophile.

    • Snappyfish says:

      Yes he is. Nothing else needs be said. He confirmed this with his comments about the beginning of their relationship when she was just a child. He is beyond vile

    • Otaku fairy says:

      He is. It’s disgusting.

  4. Lua says:

    Omg….the detail he goes into makes me want to vomit…bleh…. excuse me….

  5. Seraphina says:

    I find it disgusting he would publish a book about it. He obviously doesn’t see anything wrong with what happened but to publish a book seems like he is advertising the behavior. I was never a fan of his. Let’s take the pedo aspect out of this, this wasn’t a normal child who came from a stable background. He took advantage of her and her situation. He is gross.

    • Miss Grace Jones says:

      It’s a dogwhistle and advertisement to all the men who think like him and aspire to get away with it or be rewarded for it the way he does. It’s not a coincidence his primary defenders regarding his “art” that centers young girls fawning over gross old men are men and the “cool girls” that make male validation their center. He knows what he’s doing and I’m sure there are plenty that think he’s on some kind of crusade. I hate every single thing this man represents regarding pedophilia culture and I’m glad I’ve never consumed any of his white centric and dull work.

  6. Léna says:

    Gross. And they have two daughters no?

  7. Lua says:

    And the eating out of my hand line….did no one go through this and tell him how f****ing creepy that is???? I can’t.

  8. Aims says:

    He is repulsive. He groomed his wife, his step daughter. I believe Dylan, and I’m so sorry that this dirtbag gets attention. He and Roman are in the same category in my book.

  9. bonobochick says:

    Eeewww and 100% not surprising.

  10. Bettyrose says:

    He requires women to have absolute obedience to him. Soon Yi is a whole other level of Stockholm Syndrome…but I suspect he was obsessed with Dylan in a Trump-Ivanka way. Dylan says the molestation happened so I believe her, but Ronan talks about Allen’s fixation on Dylan. I suspect his objective with her was total emotional control, like Ivanka and Soon Yi.

  11. Rea says:

    I believe she was 15 and not in her 20’s….either way it is disgusting.

    • Léna says:

      From what I remember reading the pictures were taken when she was a minor but the relationship started later (not that it makes it any better…)

      • Lena —- Sexually explicit photos are a sexual relationship. Both he and Mia stated that the photos were graphically explicit and that they were taken when she was underage. So are you saying taking those photos when she was underage was just an innocent photo shot between a man viewed as a stepfather of his daughter? I think Soon-Yi was a a victim, but given her past and her own psychological issues she was a complicated victim. Sadly, Soon-Yi had a very ugly history of extreme poverty, street survival, and prostitution prior to her adoption. Andre Previn spoke about this several times. I think she internalized her hatred of her prostitute mother onto. Mia and her whole relationship with Woody when she was a child was aggressively sexual. I think she was sly not shy. I think what happened between her and Mia and Woody was empowering to Soon-Yi. Someone who lived on the streets and survived as she did develops an ability to identify weakness in others and exploit it. I think she exploited Woody. They both got what they wanted and they deserve each other.

      • Léna says:

        Hi, english is not my first language so I am sorry for not explaining enough where I stand. I was just corroborating what Rea was saying: the pictures were taken before her 20s and in my opinion it’s not really a sexuel relationship – but sexual abuse coming from a parental figure. i agree with everything you said otherwise, she is a complicated victim, but a victim who was groomed really young. Please do not be so defensive from a really evasive comment. I stand by the victims, as a victim myself (and even before that).

  12. Nev says:

    I’m yakking.

  13. LP says:

    It is *bananas* that *anyone* thinks it’s somehow more likely that Mia Farrow manipulated Dylan-to the extent she’s standing by her story decades later- than that this dude, who *married his daughter*, abused another daughter. Completely bananas!! Coo coo for Cocoa Puffs!!!

    All I can say is, I wish the best for Dylan and I hope this fakakta memoir doesn’t hurt her too badly. Ideally we can collectively agree to ignore woody Allen from here on out!

    • Otaku fairy says:

      “It is *bananas* that *anyone* thinks it’s somehow more likely that Mia Farrow manipulated Dylan-to the extent she’s standing by her story decades later- than that this dude, who *married his daughter*, abused another daughter. Completely bananas!! Coo coo for Cocoa Puffs!!!” This. It paints a pretty ugly picture about not just Hollywood, but the culture in general, doesn’t it?

  14. Scarlett says:

    Excuse me, I have to go and vomit.

  15. Elizabeth says:

    He says he did nothing that could even be misconstrued as abuse and then promptly adds he put his head in her lap…

    Ah the America of rich, fêted rapists!

    • And he admits to taking sexually explicit photos of a then minor daughter of the same family. I wonder if his name is in Jeffrey’s little black book as well.

      • Shoshone says:

        Actually, they were friendly with Epstein. It was reported that about the time Prince Andrew was staying at the NY Townhouse that Woody and Soon Yi were visitors.

      • Bettyrose says:

        I could see WA palling around with Epstein ..but my sense about WA is he needs total control, physical & mental. I don’t picture Woody being into teen prostitutes as much as dominating every aspect of the lives of his hostage-wife and their children.

  16. Sue M says:

    He stole Mia’s child. He stole her baby. If someone took my child from me god damn right there would be scorched earth.

  17. KellyRyan says:

    Once he’s deceased we’ll hear more. A good read is The Unruly Life of Woody Allen. I think he married her as a cover. She may appear with him, but he leads a separate life. I hope the daughters speak out at some point as well.

  18. Insomniac says:

    Woody’s grotesque boundary issues with Soon-Yi are part of the reason I have no problem believing Dylan. What a vile creature he is.

  19. Marjorie says:

    He’s a pig. His movies are full of lewd references to young girls.

    Coincidentally (?), yesterday Mia tweeted a video of Ronan singing a Broadway tune (Sondheim) when he was a teenager, looking/sounding nothing at all like Woody Allen.

    • Jerusha says:

      It’s great. I tried to post it, but didn’t go through. It’s on Mia’s twitter and worth looking up.

  20. Nikki* says:

    He’s an evil, nasty predator, and I’m sorry if he makes a single cent from this book. Don’t buy it!

    • SomeChick says:

      Don’t worry! If it turns up in our little library its next stop will be the recycling bin. I love books, but they aren’t all worthy.

  21. Teebee says:

    You cannot erase or discount his celebration of woman-child as sexual object in his films. THAT ALONE is a wind-whipped red flag for his obvious predilection for young women/girls.

    There is NO doubt in my mind there is something wrong with him. First and foremost his hardwiring for young females, and then his pure self-denial and narcissism that he can’t see objectively how the rest of the world sees it.

    Face it folks. He will never get it. And if he is not brought to justice he won’t have to. He is as delusional as they come and the women in his life, currently, and that includes his adopted daughters, won’t be able to escape his grasp. He is hiding in plain site.

    Disgustingly sad.

    • Trashaddict says:

      If he’s been with the same therapist all this time, he should’ve changed to someone else, that’s for sure. Of course, the lightbulb has to WANT to change!

  22. Paigeishere says:

    Woody and Mia are both abusers and equally vile and wrong.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      no, not really. Mia is no saint, but she didn’t sexually abuse anyone, and certainly not a child who was essentially a step daughter. she didn’t take “erotic” photos of a teenager she was grooming and/or having a sexual relationship with.

      please don’t “both sides” this.

    • Ames says:

      Yeah, no. There is no equivalency here. None.

      Allen, early ’90s onward:

      “I was never a father figure in Soon Yi’s life. I was never a father figure in Soon Yi’s life. I was never a father figure in Soon Yi’s life.”

      Allen, 2015:

      “She responded to someone paternal. I liked her youth and energy. She deferred to me.”

      If that’s not enough to drive it home, maybe check out the NPR piece that quote came from. As many times as it takes to stop posting dumb sh!t like that.

  23. Kc says:

    One of my favorite NYC memories is sitting in a crowded theater watching “Mighty Aphrodite”. The scene when Mira and Woody start making out was met with the honest sound of an ENTIRE audience shrieking,”EWWWWWW!!”

    I believe Dylan. I agree that many movies play out his fantasy of ‘wise older man meets nymphette’ .

    I also think Ronan is a dead ringer for Sinatra.

    • Trashaddict says:

      It’s also kind of weird that Mia was 21 and Frank Sinatra was 50 when they got married. There’s a youtube video of the two of them on What’s My Line and it has kind of a creepy vibe. But most definitely not as creepy as Woody. It really bothers me that he and Soon-yi were allowed to adopt.

  24. Guest with Cat says:

    I once had the misfortune of working for one of the most narcissistic materialistic vile douchebags I have ever met. I replaced his assistant who was not only not speaking to him, but glared daggers at him every chance she got. So it was not a shock to me when he bragged that his grandfather was this narcissistic douchebag’s lawyer.

  25. Krakken says:


    Even his book dedication to his wife is classic negging. The inference to me is SYP is implicit in her own victimization. So much ick.
    He is an extreme narcissist pedo.
    So sick of dudes like this thriving in life.

  26. lucy2 says:

    I believe Dylan. Always will. I’m very sorry for her, and for Soon Yi, who will probably never be able to admit to herself that she was a victim as well.

  27. Snowslow says:

    Errrr. I usually try to have a balanced response to this mess (also looking at Mia’s horrible story with her adopted children) but this is just… there are no words…

    ‘For Soon-Yi, the best. I had her eating out of my hand and then I noticed my arm was missing.’

    What the EFFING Fu&K

  28. Moptop says:

    Some have suggested that Soon-Yi is a tiny bit slow. That might explain the unquestioning loyalty she has to him. Bless her.

  29. Jerusha says:

    WA and Mia’s relationship started around 1980, forty years ago. That means Soon Yi was about nine when he came into her life.
    I recall at the time of the scandal Soon Yi’s main complaint about Mia was that she had to help out with the younger kids. What horror!! I think a lot of what Allen says about Mia is fabricated.

    • DS9 says:

      That wasn’t Soon Yi’s main complaint, and it certainly wasn’t Moses’s complaint.

      I fully believe Mia was a neglectful mother who brought hurt children into her home and then couldn’t be assed to care for and nurture them the way their unique needs dictated.

      She brought an orphaned or abandoned child of undetermined age into a home where she did not speak the language and then spent more time adopting more kids and dealing with shit ass men than raising those children directly.

      I also believe Soon Yi and Moses’s claims that Mia prioritized her white, often traditionally born children over her adopted brown children.

      But I also believe Woody molested Dylan and I believe Woody took advantage of Mia’s neglect to groom Soon Yi.

      Both of these parents are deadass wrong.

      Mia was a neglectful mother, emotionally abusive, possibly physically abusive at times. But Woody is an abuser.

  30. RedWeatherTiger says:

    Vile, creepy pig. (No offense intended toward our porcine brethren, who are far more decent, clean, and moral than this asshat).

  31. Terry Berngards says:

    How he grips Soon-Yi by the elbow, never far from her.. is.. disturbing

  32. DS9 says:

    It bothers me that Soon Yi’s age is always stated firmly when it’s well documented that no one is sure how old she is.

    She was found on the street and was given an age range based on bone scans, with the caveat that malnutrition makes the range even more uncertain.

  33. JRenee says:

    WA is the type of controller and manipulater to leave his tainted wealth to some foundation that will keep his legacy alive forever and leave the wife and kids in near poverty. Look at how he holds/touches her in the pictures. Ughh!!!

  34. sweetpea says:

    And Maybe someone else commented – but Allen was a stepfather figure in her life for 10 years! He was Soon-Yi’s mother’s boyfriend for 10 years!!!! So predatory of him.

  35. Bucky Bieber says:

    The part of the brain that dictates sexual expression in some people is clearly broken. Those people should embrace celibacy for the sake of themselves and everybody else. Celibacy might not be easy but for people like Allen it’s better than the alternative.

  36. Naddie says:

    I can’t even watch his films, seriously.

  37. Ames says:

    “I had her eating out of my hand and then I noticed my arm was missing.”


    Just when you think he can’t possibly get ANY EFFING CREEPIER.

  38. Yup says:

    I totally agree with Teebee.

  39. CherryL says:

    What a disgusting human being. And what is wrong with her? How can she think that all of this is normal?