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Woody Allen claims his ex-partner Mia Farrow has been on an “Ahab-like quest” for revenge ever since he started dating her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. In his 400-page memoir, Apropos of Nothing, published this week, Allen, 84, has plenty to say about being blacklisted in Hollywood. He concedes that Farrow had the “correct reaction” in the early 1990s, when she discovered his racy photos of Soon-Yi, then 22. “Of course I understand her shock,” he writes. When the two started dating, “we couldn’t keep our hands off each other,” Allen writes. But he says the relationship deepened and became a rewarding experience for both of them. He admits he has wondered at times if the relationship with Soon-Yi was worth being “maligned everywhere.” His conclusion? “I’d do it again in a heartbeat.” But Allen denies molesting Farrow’s daughter Dylan when she was 7, calling that “a total fabrication.” The book, canceled several weeks ago by Hachette Book Group after protests, is being released by Arcade Publishing.
Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein was put in medical isolation in prison this week after testing positive for coronavirus. The disgraced Hollywood producer had been transferred to a maximum-security prison near Buffalo after being held in New York City’s Rikers Island jail, where dozens have tested positive for the virus. Sentenced to 23 years in prison, Weinstein, 68, has heart problems, high blood pressure, and diabetes, all of which put him at high risk of suffering serious effects from Covid-19.
Wealthy New York City residents are fleeing the coronavirus en masse to the Hamptons, leaving roads in oceanside towns packed with Range Rovers and Lexus SUVs. The elite exodus to Long Island typically starts on Memorial Day, but in recent weeks coronavirus panic has caused a flood of city folk in towns populated by mostly working-class people in the off-season. “I’ve seen breathtaking acts of selfishness,” year-round resident Jason LaGarenne told the New York Post, citing a man who filled a shopping cart to the brim with carrots. Another shopper spent $8,000 in one grocery run. “We should blow up the bridges,” said lifelong Montauk resident James Katsipis. “Don’t let them in.” ■