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Woody Allen Denies Crossing Incest Line : Relationships: The actor-director says he was never a father to Farrow's children. He also says her daughter asked him to take nude photos.

August 23, 1992|From Associated Press

NEW YORK — Woody Allen says there are no incestuous overtones to his relationship with the adopted daughter of his ex-lover Mia Farrow, and that he took nude pictures of the young woman because she asked him to.

"I am not Soon-Yi's father or stepfather," the filmmaker told Time magazine Friday in his first interview since the affair became public. "I've never even lived with Mia. I have never in my life slept in Mia's apartment. I was not any type of father to her adopted kids in any sense of the word."

Farrow has 11 children, seven of them adopted. Allen has acknowledged becoming involved with Soon-Yi Farrow Previn, who is believed to be about 21 years old.

"I didn't feel that just because she was Mia's daughter there was any great moral dilemma," the actor-director said in the interview for Time's Aug. 31 issue.

As for the nude photographs, Allen, 56, said Previn had talked about becoming a model and, after they became lovers, asked him to take the pictures.

Farrow, 47, was Allen's lover and the star of his movies for the past 12 years. She suspected an affair when she found the photos.

A Korean orphan, Previn does not have a birth certificate, but her age has been variously given as 19 to 21.

The romance became public after Allen sued Farrow for custody of their biological son, Satchel, 4; their adopted son, Moses, 14, and their adopted daughter, Dylan, 7.

Connecticut police are said to be investigating allegations that Allen sexually molested Dylan. Farrow has made a videotape of Dylan answering questions about the allegations.

Allen accused Farrow of fabricating the charge to get the upper hand in the custody case; Farrow's supporters countered that the investigation began before he sued.

"I have not molested my daughter, nor would I ever," Allen said.

He also said Farrow called him five times Friday, wanting to negotiate an end to the publicity.

"She said, 'Can we stop this grotesque publicity circus?' And I said, 'You have hired a lawyer, you're parading relatives and the kids on television, you leaked this videotape of Dylan unconscionably.' She said, 'Can't we negotiate this?' " Allen said.

"And I said, 'First you must clear my name unequivocally. And if you do that, and we can agree to give Dylan some real therapy to get over the dreadful scars of this thing, and I am part supervisor of that therapy, then OK, we can talk and see if there's a way of toning things down.' "

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