|Woody Allen's Wife/Daughter Said to be Mentally Retarded|
Although married to a world-renowned celebrity under controversial circumstances, Soon-Yi has never been publicly interviewed. In a Newsweek article she merely issued a written statement, hoping to deflect critics:
But those who know Soon-Yi insist that she lacked the mental capacity either to formulate or write a statement as complex as this. Dr. Audrey Seiger, the learning and reading disabilities specialist who tutored Soon-Yi throughout her childhood, described her as "a typical L.D. [learning disabled] kid,“I’m not a retarded little underage flower who was raped, molested and spoiled by some evil stepfather—not by a long shot. I’m a psychology major at college who fell for a man who happens to be the ex-boyfriend of Mia.”
very socially inappropriate, very, very naïve. . . She has trouble processing information, trouble understanding language on an inferential level. She’s very, very literal and flat in how she interprets what she sees and how she interprets things socially. She misinterprets situations.”
Woody Allen has on occasion bragged that his wife, Soon-Yi, earned a bachelor’s degree in art from Drew University in 1995 and a master’s degree in special education from Columbia University in 1998. But questions have been raised about whether his young wife given her cognitive deficiencies, actually earned these degrees or was helped along by a team of full-time tutors.