Soon-Yi Previn ventures out on her own as scathing HBO documentary about Woody Allen is set to air


Woody Allen’s wife Soon-Yi-Previn was spotted looking downcast on Wednesday – just a day after HBO revealed the trailer for its upcoming documentary that exposes her husband’s alleged sexual wrongdoings. 

Soon-Yi, 50, bundled up in a fur hat, gloves and long coat as she left her home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, but nowhere in sight was her disgraced movie director husband 34 years her senior.

Allen may be trying to keep a low profile after HBO released the trailer for its new documentary about the embattled filmmaker, which features his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow describing how Allen allegedly ‘touched her private parts’ in a never-before-seen 1992 home video. 

The series will air Sunday night on HBO and will feature recordings that Mia Farrow secretly made of her phone calls with Allen, including one in which she tells him Dylan ‘is not alright’, after the alleged incident.  

The documentary, which uses excerpts from Allen’s 2020 memoir as a contrast to the allegations, is set to reignite one of the most bitter and public celebrity family scandals that has raged for the past 30 years. 

Soon-Yi-Previn was spotted looking downcast on Wednesday as she stepped out of her home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side

Her husband Woody Allen was nowhere in sight as she bundled up in a fur hat, gloves and long coat and wore a mask

Her husband Woody Allen was nowhere in sight as she bundled up in a fur hat, gloves and long coat and wore a mask

Soon-Yi married Woody Allen in 1997 and remains with him to this day despite the 34-year age gap

Soon-Yi married Woody Allen in 1997 and remains with him to this day despite the 34-year age gap

Soon-Yi married Woody Allen in 1997 and remains with him to this day despite the 34-year age gap

The documentary, which uses excerpts from Allen's 2020 memoir as a contrast to the allegations, is set to reignite one of the most bitter and public celebrity family scandals that has raged for the past 30 years

The documentary, which uses excerpts from Allen’s 2020 memoir as a contrast to the allegations, is set to reignite one of the most bitter and public celebrity family scandals that has raged for the past 30 years

Mia, 76, who has 14 children – four of whom are her biological kids – has publicly accused the director of sexually assaulting Dylan as a child. 

Allegations against Allen emerged after Farrow discovered he was having an affair with her adoptive daughter Soon-Yi (pictured in 2016) which the documentary claims had been going on since she was in high school

Allegations against Allen emerged after Farrow discovered he was having an affair with her adoptive daughter Soon-Yi (pictured in 2016) which the documentary claims had been going on since she was in high school

Mia’s split from Allen and her sexual abuse charges against him in 1992, came after she discovered explicit photos of her daughter, Soon-Yi, whom she adopted with ex-husband Andre Previn in 1977, at Allen’s home.

Allen has always strongly maintained his innocence, claiming that Dylan fabricated the allegations of abuse or that she had been coached by Mia who he claimed was jealous of his relationship with Soon-Yi. 

Mia and Allen had been together since 1979, when his career had taken off thanks to hit films Annie Hall and Manhattan, and after she became an A-list actress following her breakout role in Rosemary’s Baby.

That all changed 13 years later when Allen, then 55, and Soon-Yi, then 21, were caught having an affair, which the series claims had been going on since she was in high school. 

In the documentary, Dylan recalls how Mia told her and her brother Ronan Farrow that ‘Daddy took naked pictures of Soon-Yi.’

‘And that was sort of the first instance where I thought, ‘Oh… it’s not just me’,’ Dylan says. 

The documentary claims that testimony from Allen’s doorman during the couple’s custody battle showed that Soon-Yi was visiting him at his home when she was in high school and on her lunch breaks.

Allen’s maid also talked about cleaning up condoms and making the bed after Soon-Yi left. 

Soon-Yi would later marry Allen in 1997 and remains with him to this day despite the 34-year age gap.

New HBO documentary, Allen v. Farrow, features never-before-seen home videos of Dylan Farrow (pictured in Allen's arms) describing how Woody Allen allegedly abused her. Pictured from left to right: Allen, Dylan, Ronan Farrow, Daisy Previn, Soon Yi Previn, and Moses Farrow

New HBO documentary, Allen v. Farrow, features never-before-seen home videos of Dylan Farrow (pictured in Allen’s arms) describing how Woody Allen allegedly abused her. Pictured from left to right: Allen, Dylan, Ronan Farrow, Daisy Previn, Soon Yi Previn, and Moses Farrow 

Mia (pictured) recalled how she would sometimes see Allen put his face in Dylan's (pictured) lap, which she didn't think 'was right'

Mia (pictured) recalled how she would sometimes see Allen put his face in Dylan’s (pictured) lap, which she didn’t think ‘was right’

Dylan, now 35, who has publicly spoken out against her adoptive father in the past, recounts early incidents of abuse (pictured in a home video with brother Ronan Farrow and their father)

Dylan, now 35, who has publicly spoken out against her adoptive father in the past, recounts early incidents of abuse (pictured in a home video with brother Ronan Farrow and their father) 

Mia found the pictures of Soon-Yi in January 1992, but she couldn’t cut Allen out of her life completely because she was conflicted and loved him and because he had adopted her and her brother Moses, she says in the series.

In the video shot by adoptive mother Mia Farrow as proof of the incident, seven-year-old Dylan claims the Oscar-winning director told her: ‘Do not move, I have to do this,’ as he touched her in the attic of the family’s country home. 

‘I didn’t want him to do it, mama,’ she’s heard telling her mother of the incident. ‘I didn’t like it.’   

In a queasy passage of Allen’s book, he says that despite being old enough to be Previn’s father, when they first met she was ‘ready to ripen superbly if only someone would show her some love’.

He says that in the early days of their relationship ‘lust reigned supreme and we couldn’t keep our hands off each other’.

Addressing the allegations about Dylan, he wrote: ‘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, every subatomic particle of it’.

Mia Farrow (seen in the documentary) recorded seven-year-old Dylan on camera speaking of two incidents, one on the couch and a second in the attic, of when Allen allegedly touched her

Mia Farrow (seen in the documentary) recorded seven-year-old Dylan on camera speaking of two incidents, one on the couch and a second in the attic, of when Allen allegedly touched her 

It took years before Hollywood finally began to pay attention and Allen was effectively blacklisted and no producers picked up his 2019 romantic comedy, A Rainy Day in New York, though it made $22million abroad.

As Allen was being shunned, Soon-Yi broke her decades-long silence to brand Mia a ‘nasty, mean person’ and claimed she abused her when she was a child.

Speaking to New York magazine, she alleged that Mia used to slap her across the face, spank her with a hairbrush and threatened to send her to a mental asylum.

But Soon-Yi also admitted that marrying Allen was a ‘huge betrayal and there was ‘no justification’ for it.

Painting Allen as the real victim, she said: ‘What’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust.

‘[Mia] has taken advantage of the MeToo movement and paraded Dylan as a victim. And a whole new generation is hearing about it when they shouldn’t’.

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