Soon-Yi Previn is the current wife of filmmaker Woody Allen. She is also his former step-daughter. Allen has asked a judge to prevent American Apparel from calling his wife and her adoptive mother, Mia Farrow, as witnesses in a trial stemming from Allen’s lawsuit against the company. Read about it below and see photos and a video of Previn.
Soon-Yi Previn was born in South Korea and was adopted when she was about 8-years-old by actress Mia Farrow and her then husband Andre Previn. After Farrow divorced Previn, she started a long-term relationship with the filmmaker Woody Allen. The two were together for about 17-years and raised Farrow’s children and the three Allen and Farrow had (or adopted) together. Mia Farrow ended her relationship with Woody Allen when she found nude photos of her daughter, Soon Yi Previn, in Allen’s apartment. Needless to say, the proverbial sh*t hit the fan.
Previn was at the center of one of the biggest show business scandals in modern time. Allen attempted to get custody of his and Farrow’s children. Farrow was having none of that and accused him of child abuse. The public was sympathetic to Farrow’s plight. Allen seemed relatively clueless as to why people would have a problem with him having an affair with his common law wife’s adopted daughter. And so it went, in the courts and in the tabloids.
After the court case and publicity died down in 1997, Allen married his young former step-daughter. They have adopted a couple of children and kept a fairly low profile since then. Both of their adopted children are named after jazz musicians, Bechet Dumaine Allen (named after Sidney Bechet) and Manzie Tio Allen (named after Manzie Johnson).
Unfortunately, Soon-Yi Previn is finding herself in the middle of yet another Woody Allen publicity swarm. This time it has to do with Allen suing American Apparel for the unauthorized use of his image in an advertising campaign. He says that their use of his image damaged his reputation.
Seriously. That’s his claim.
He is suing them for $10 million.
American Apparel, Inc. is a chain of U.S. clothing stores and is known for racy ads. In this ad, they used Allen’s image, dressed as a Rabbi, on billboards. The company’s response to Allen’s lawsuit is that he might regard his reputation a great deal higher than advertisers do. They basically said, ‘what reputation?’
“Woody Allen expects $10 million for use of his image on billboards that were up and down in less than one week,” Slotnick said. “I think Woody Allen overestimates the value of his image.”
He said the company’s belief was that “after the various sex scandals that Woody Allen has been associated with, corporate America’s desire to have Woody Allen endorse their product is not what he may believe it is.”
Allen is attempting to prevent American Apparel from calling to the stand his wife Soon Yi and his ex lover, Mia Farrow. He claims that the company calling these two women to the stand serves no purpose than to bring up the scandal he went through 10 years ago. His attorney claims that calling Farrow to the stand is “part of a brutish attempt to smear and intimidate Mr. Allen” and it demonstrates “the unmistakable intent to transform this trial into a spectacle.”
So, should American Apparel have to pay Woody Allen $10 million for damaging his reputation? Does their argument that his reputation was ruined ages ago with no help from them at all? More to the point, why would American Apparel want to use his image in their ads in the first place?
Soon-Yi Previn – Video