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Ronan Farrow tried to kill New York magazine story on Woody Allen’s spouse, Daphne Merkin claims

Each Ronan Farrow story includes a predictable villain, who unleashes legal professionals to harass and heckle reporters off a story. However in 2018 that villain was Farrow himself, in accordance to journalist Daphne Merkin.

Farrow and his household directed a stress marketing campaign towards prime brass at New York magazine within the days earlier than they revealed Merkin’s prolonged profile of Quickly-Yi Previn, the spouse of Woody Allen and adoptive daughter of Allen’s ex Mia Farrow, Merkin — who has by no means spoken publicly in regards to the battle — instructed The Publish.

“I wasn’t used to this stage of worry … worry of Ronan, of being sued, of the facility of Mia and Ronan, merely culturally, their energy on Twitter,” Merkin mentioned.

Allen, 84, infamously started an affair with Previn, now 49, in 1991 when the director and actress Mia Farrow had been nonetheless collectively, and Previn was solely 21 and dwelling within the Farrow house.

Merkin’s story included Previn’s brutal evaluation of Mia Farrow’s parenting and her dismissal of decades-long Farrow household allegations that Allen sexually assaulted his 7-year-old adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow in 1992.

Previn had been silent on the matter for many years and Allen constantly denied Dylan’s accusations. Ronan Farrow, 32, and his 75-year-old actress mother, stay bitter towards each.

“What’s occurred to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust,” Previn instructed Merkin within the piece. “[Mia] has taken benefit of the #MeToo motion and paraded Dylan as a sufferer. And a complete new era is listening to about it after they shouldn’t.”

Daphne Merkin
Daphne MerkinHandout

The alleged stress marketing campaign succeeded in knocking the story off the duvet of the Sept. 17 situation, which Merkin says she was “virtually promised” in alternate for agreeing to adjustments from Workforce Farrow.

The Farrows additionally particularly demanded the insertion of a line conceding Merkin had been “mates” with Allen for over 40 years. They cited her 2014 ebook, “The Fame Lunches,” through which she revealed she developed a correspondence with Allen after writing a fan letter to him. Allen additionally helped Merkin whereas she was affected by melancholy and inspired her writing profession.

After the piece got here out, critics zeroed in on this admission of friendship to savage Merkin as incapable of reporting objectively.

“I wasn’t that pleasant with Woody Allen — noticed him perhaps a few times, if that, a 12 months for a drink,” Merkin mentioned. “I used to be by no means invited to his Christmas events or any of that stuff.”

In an electronic mail to her editor on the time, obtained by The Publish, she known as the choice by the magazine to bump her story from the duvet a “private betrayal.”

Merkin, 65, a former employees author on the New Yorker, has spent many years overlaying hyper-litigious folks and establishments. However she says nothing in contrast to the full-court press the Farrows introduced to bear.

“I had by no means had this a lot interference [and] oversight,” she mentioned. “I mentioned greater than as soon as that perhaps I ought to pull it.”

The irony that she was heading off a journalist well-known for exposing Harvey Weinstein and sparking the #MeToo motion was not misplaced on Merkin.

“That is somebody who’s large on girls telling their tales,” she mentioned. “This was a lady telling her story and the hassle to merely invalidate it and easily cease it was fairly regular.”

Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn
Woody Allen and Quickly-Yi PrevinAlberto Pizzoli/AFP through Getty Photos

The stress marketing campaign included a direct and contentious name from Ronan Farrow — writer of the #MeToo-inspired ebook “Catch and Kill” — to then-New York magazine editor-in-chief Adam Moss demanding he pull the plug on the 9,000-word story, an individual who spoke to the previous editor in regards to the matter instructed The Publish.

“Ronan did name Moss and Moss expressed unhappiness in regards to the name. [Farrow] positively tried to stop New York magazine from publishing,” the supply mentioned. The magazine additionally confirmed Farrow did attempt to “discourage” the piece.

Moss, who stepped down from the publication in January 2019 to pursue different pursuits, didn’t reply to a number of requests for remark from The Publish.

“Ronan is a robust journalist now with a number of connections. It had completely affect on what we’re doing,” Merkin’s editor, Laurie Abraham, instructed Merkin in a Sept. 10 electronic mail explaining the cellphone name.

There was additionally a flurry of emails from legal professionals and different representatives of Dylan Farrow, now 34, to the magazine, mentioned Merkin.

A New York magazine supply confirmed to The Publish that PR reps for Dylan and household did attain out however insisted the correspondence had been “customary for a controversial piece” and that no legal professionals had been concerned.

Emails to Merkin from Abraham seen by The Publish, nevertheless, alluded to the “assertiveness of Dylan’s authorized workforce” and warned that Moss was “nervous.”

Merkin — whose fifth ebook, “22 Minutes of Unconditional Love,” is out quickly — additionally says Workforce Farrow was in a position to receive not less than a partial, and presumably full, draft of her story earlier than publication, a dire concern she raised to her editors on the time.

Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn
Woody Allen and Quickly-Yi PrevinBobby Financial institution/GC Photos

“In my lengthy journalistic expertise, which has included writing essential profiles of Madonna and the Kabbalah Heart, each media heavyweights, neither ELLE or The NY Instances ran the items by” the topics, Merkin wrote in an electronic mail. “I really feel there may be some cowering going on within the face of The New Yorker’s holy standing & Ronan’s cultural capital.” Farrow is a contributing author to The New Yorker.

Dylan Farrow instructed The Publish her efforts had been vital to push again towards “falsehoods that Woody Allen has been pushing for a very long time.”

“I did my finest to reply to inaccuracies and flat-out lies about my assault and my household, and I used to be shocked {that a} magazine I revered was planning to run a one-sided piece on such a delicate matter pertaining my childhood sexual abuse,” she mentioned. “So, sure, I expressed my very actual issues about that, and I’m glad I did, as a result of if I hadn’t, there would have been much more misinformation in what was already a puff piece about my abuser written by his buddy.”

Ronan Farrow declined to remark, although an individual shut to him insisted Farrow “didn’t need to kill that story,” and accused the magazine of “deeply unethical” habits.

He “solely wished to perceive the story higher, so he may advise his sister, who was anxious a couple of piece that mentioned her sexual assault,” the supply continued.

A New York Magazine rep denied Merkin had been promised the duvet, or that Workforce Farrow noticed an advance copy.

“The choice not to put it on the duvet was an editorial choice by the magazine that had nothing to do with stress from Ronan Farrow or the Farrow household,” the spokesman mentioned.

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Donna Miller

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