It’s hard to believe it’s been 17 years since the affair between then 21 year-old Soon-Yi and her sorta-kinda-stepdad, Woody Allen, 35 years her senior, came to light. And yet despite all of that time passing, and the fact that she and Allen eventually married and adopted two children, Soon-Yi’s name is still synonymous with “sex scandal.” In the last two months alone, the adopted Korean daughter of Mia Farrow and Andre Previn has been associated with starting the Asian trophy wife “trend,” Mackenzie Phillips’s shocking reveal that she had a 10 year-incestuous affair with her biological father John, Roman Polanski’s rape of a 13 year-old girl, and even David Letterman’s affairs with his staffers.
From the outset, Soon-Yi has denied she was ever “raped, molested, or manipulated” by Allen, but that assertion seems to have done little to her legacy. In another 17 birthdays, will she remain one of the reigning icons of impropriety, incest, and sexual misconduct? Only time will tell.
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