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Reclusive director speaks out on Mia, Soon-Yi and marriage

October 6, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ Woody Allen is still bitter about the scandal that cost him his children, but loves his life with ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter and making movies just like he has for decades, the reclusive director said in a rare interview.

Allen lost contact with adopted daughter Dylan and his biological son with Farrow, Satchel, in a fierce custody dispute aggravated by claims of child molestation and the director’s sexual affair with Soon-Yi Previn. Allen was never charged with molestation, but Farrow won custody. Another adopted son, Moses, is now an adult and has chosen not to remain in touch with Allen.

``It’s a terrible, terrible thing. You know, I don’t see them,″ Allen says in Sunday’s Daily News. ``I haven’t seen Dylan in about seven years. I haven’t seen Satchel in about 2 1/2 years. ...

``I don’t want to dwell on this because it’s so painful, but between the court and some of the press and a portion of the public who have behaved so dishonestly and unconscionably, I don’t think I’ll ever find it in my heart to forgive them.″

Regarding his romance with Previn, now 27, the 61-year-old director couldn’t be happier.

``My relationship with Soon-Yi is the best relationship of my life,″ Allen said. ``We have a wonderful time together. Interestingly, it wasn’t hard for us to keep focused during the difficult times because of all the media attention and criticism. If anything, it brought us closer together.″

Allen was eager to quash a couple of rumors. First, Soon-Yi is not pregnant and the couple was ``just browsing″ in Tiffany’s, not shopping for wedding rings, although he wouldn’t rule out a possible marriage someday, saying he’d like to have another child.

He hasn’t read Farrow’s book on their troubles and doesn’t plan to, but says he has no more ill will toward her.

``Although we’ve had our many conflicts, I have no further or lingering feelings about it,″ Allen said. ``I wish her well.″

His career wasn’t hurt by the scandal, Allen said.

``It hasn’t had any effect whatsoever. I still have the same small audience I’ve always had,″ Allen said. ``It was never very big to begin with. No bigger or smaller now. And if you know me, you’d know it hasn’t changed my life, either.″

Allen’s next film, ``Deconstructing Harry,″ is a comedy that opens in December. He is currently working on ``Celebrity,″ which is being filmed in black and white.

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