For decades, Woody Allen’s wife Soon-Yi Previn has stayed silent about their unconventional marriage.
At 21 years old, Previn began a relationship with the then 57-year-old Allen behind her adoptive mother’s back. The relationship came to light when Farrow discovered naked Polaroids of Previn in Allen’s home in early 1992.
Speaking to writer Daphne Merkin, who has been a friend of Allen’s for over four decades, Previn, who was adopted by Farrow in South Korea in 1978, detailed her relationship with her mother.
In the interview, the now 47-year-old claimed her adoptive mother once asked to film her speaking about her early childhood. She asked Previn to speak about her birth mother, claiming she was a prostitute who beat her, but Previn had no recollection of the information Farrow was telling her.
Previn also described Farrow as abusive, describing how Farrow slapped her across the face, called her "moronic" and "stupid" and once threw a porcelain rabbit at her.
"She would 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," Previn, who struggled with learning difficulties, said.
Only one of Farrow's 14 children has supported Previn's claims so far. In the article, Farrow's adopted son, Moses described his adoptive mother's parenting style as a "total breakdown of your spirit".
"It's the honeymoon when you're first adopted, then the veil gets pulled back and you start seeing Mia for who she is," he added. Farrow has reportedly denied the allegations.