A woman who was a 16-year-old model when she began what she says was a secret eight-year affair with Woody Allen back in 1976 is speaking out.
The Hollywood Reporter published the story today of Christina Engelhardt — a story that mirrors the director’s acclaimed 1979 film “Manhattan,” in which Allen’s 42-year-old character dates a 17-year-old played by Mariel Hemingway. Allen was 41 when his affair with Engelhardt began, THR reports.
“Now, amid the #MeToo reckoning and Allen’s personal scandals, she looks back with mixed emotions on their relationship and its unequal dynamic,” THR says of Engelhardt, who was reportedly still in high school when she began seeing Allen.
“The pair embarked on, by her account, a clandestine romance of eight years, the claustrophobic, controlling and yet dreamy dimensions of which she’s still processing more than four decades later,” THR reports. “For her, the recent re-examination of gender power dynamics initiated by the #MeToo movement (and Allen’s personal scandals, including a claim of sexual abuse by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow) has turned what had been a melancholic if still sweet memory into something much more uncomfortable.”
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