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Woody Allen details his affair with Soon-Yi Previn, Mia Farrow finding the 'erotic photographs' in new memoir


The 84-year-old director’s book does not cast his former partner Mia Farrow in a positive light, talking about “red flags” he should have noticed from the start of their 13-year romance, which began in 1979.


He writes that Farrow, who oversaw a brood of 14 children, “psychologically and corporally” disciplined her adoptive kids “into submissive obedience”; young Soon-Yi, who was born in South Korea, came off as “sullen” to him when he interacted with her as a girl.


Allen said he “had no interest in knowing” Soon-Yi, saying he “thought she was a quiet, boring kid” and he never gave her “a moment’s thought.” But after remarking to Farrow that Soon-Yi seemed “reclusive” and “maybe she needed a shrink,” the actress suggested he take her to a Knicks game because he was “always looking for someone to go with,” as a season ticket holder.


Allen said he and Soon-Yi continued to go to basketball games together during her visits home from college — and nothing physical happened until he invited her to his screening room to watch the film The Seventh Seal.


Here was a sharp, classy, fabulous young woman; highly intelligent, full of latent potential, and ready to ripen superbly if only someone would show her a little interest, a little support and, most important, some love.”


Arcade editor Jeannette Seaver spoke of the decision to release the memoir, telling the Associated Press, "In this strange time, when truth is too often dismissed as 'fake news,' we as publishers prefer to give voice to a respected artist, rather than bow to those determined to silence him."






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