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Woody's 11-Year-Old In College

News that his 11-year-old son already is in college caught Woody Allen by surprise, the Daily News reported Thursday.

"This is the first I'm hearing of it," the film director and comedian told the newspaper. "It's news to me."

Allen said it has been four years since he has seen or spoken to Seamus Farrow, his biological son with former girlfriend Mia Farrow.

In addition to Seamus, born Satchel, the couple have two mutually adopted children. Farrow has custody of all three, and has 11 other children.

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Seamus, who turns 12 on Dec. 19, "is positively phobic" of his father and refuses to see him, said William Beslow, Farrow's attorney. "He sees Woody less as his father and more as the man who was having an affair with his sister, Soon-Yi [Previn]."

Allen, 63, married Previn, 28, in 1997, and they have a five-month-old daughter. Their affair caused an uproar in 1992 when Farrow accused Allen of molesting Previn, her adopted daughter. Allen denied the charges.

During a court battle over custody of his children with Farrow, a court slammed Allen as lacking "any parenting skills." Allen is allowed only supervised visits with the three.

Seamus, who lives with his mother in Connecticut, and attends Simon's Rock College in Massachusetts, already has applied to Columbia University, Beslow said.

The youngest student at Simon's Rock, an annex of Bard College, Seamus has been taking regular classes in biology and Latin since his enrollment in September.

According to the school's Web site, "Simon's Rock is the nation's only four-year college of the liberal arts and sciences specifically designed for younger scholars...many bright, highly motivated young people of 15 or 16 are ready to undertake serious college work."

Officials at Columbia would not comment on whether Seamus had applied there, but said there is no age requirement for admission.

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