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LIFE.com: Cheating Scandals of the Stars

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Woody Allen Cheats With His Girlfriend's Daughter

"The heart wants what it wants." That now-famous line wasn't from one of director Woody Allen's movies, but rather was his defense for beginning a relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, the 22-year-old adopted daughter of his longtime girlfriend Mia Farrow, back in 1992. (Farrow discovered the relationship after stumbling across nude photos of Soon-Yi that Allen had taken.) Though he was never legally Soon-Yi's stepfather, Allen was described in the media as a father figure to her. An ugly court battle between Farrow and Allen over custody of their three children together (two adopted, one biological) then played out in the national media, with Farrow alleging that Allen molested their 7-year-old daughter Dylan. A judge said there was inconclusive evidence for that allegation, but Farrow still won her custody requests, and Allen has been estranged from their kids since: After Allen and Soon-Yi wed in 1997, his biological son Ronan Seamus Farrow said, "He's my father married to my sister. That makes me his son and his brother-in-law. That is such a moral transgression.... I cannot have a relationship with my father and be morally consistent." Pictured: Allen, Farrow, and Soon-Yi in 1987. (Time Life Pictures/Time and Life Pictures/Getty Images/LIFE.com)
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