Dylan and Ronan Farrow respond to accusations of mother’s abuse in Soon-Yi Previn profile

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Dylan Farrow and her brother, journalist Ronan Farrow, have denounced the New York Magazine profile on Soon-Yi Previn, the wife of Woody Allen and adoptive daughter of their mother, Mia Farrow.

Hours after the profile published on the magazine’s culture site, Vulture, on Sunday, the siblings made separate statements on Twitter against the piece, in which Previn recalled a childhood of abuse by Mia. Previn also stated that Mia had “taken advantage of the #MeToo movement and paraded Dylan as a victim.” Dylan has stated that her father, Allen, molested her when she was seven and spoke out about the assault publicly in January.

On Twitter, Dylan reiterated that Allen had molested her, and wrote it was “part of a documented pattern of inappropriate, abusive touching” and that she was not being paraded “around as a victim,” but is instead an adult making a “credible allegation unchanged for two decades…”

She also took issue with the production of the article itself, stating that the writer, Daphne Merkin, was a friend and ally of Allen’s, making the piece one-sided. She said that she found “multiple obvious falsehoods” pointed out to her and that the final publishing included “bizarre fabrications about my mother” while leaving out details about Allen in regards to her alleged molestation.

“Thanks to my mother I grew up in a wonderful home, filled with love, that she created,” she wrote. “My only hesitation has been the way my mother is targeted as a result, as is the case here. Shame on New York Magazine.”

Ronan Farrow, too, released a statement about the piece, writing that it comes from Allen and his allies “planting stories that attack and vilify my mother to deflect from my sister’s credible allegation of abuse.” Farrow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has written about and uncovered patterns of abuse by powerful men, including Harvey Weinstein, called out the publication for publishing the piece “written by a longtime admirer and friend” of Allen’s and with a “lack of care for the facts.”

“Survivors of abuse deserve better,” Ronan Farrow concluded.

Dylan later shared a statement from their other siblings, including Matthew Previn, Sascha Previn, Fletcher Previn, Daisy Previn, Ronan Farrow, Isaiah Farrow, and Quincy Farrow. In the statement, the Previns and Farrows write that they stand by their mother Mia, and had never “witnessed anything other than compassionate treatment in our home.”

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“While we would rather not have to speak publicly about this painful time in our lives, we also couldn’t be silent as [Mia Farrow] is once again unfairly attacked,” the statement concluded.

Samantha Grasso

Samantha Grasso

Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.