Woody Allen’s Secret Teen Lover — Who Inspired His Film ‘Manhattan’ — Opens Up About Their Relationship

Dec 17, 2018  •  Post A Comment

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.”

We encourage readers to click on the link above to THR to read the full account.


  1. Guys. There is something wrong with you if you like young girls. Get help or go to jail.

  2. How much time has Woody spent in Jail?

  3. Woody Allen, a critically acclaimed member of the Hollywood elite. And a known child molester. Way to go Hollywood. You must be so proud of yourself !! What the heck ! Let’s have another “Awards Show” so we can all virtue signal each other.

  4. She was a willing partner. She stayed probably because he was her sugar daddy, I mean the guy is loaded. She shouldnt cry about being a victim. She exchanged sexual favors in return for financial gain. Hey that’s ok! She had a choice. She chose to continue the affair for a very long time. They were both willing partners and she disrespected her own mother by having the relationship with Mias husband. Shes dog poop and so is he. I feel for Mia as she was in the dark the whole time while these 2 scumbags were romping around in the family home probably laughing at what they thought they were getting away with. They are both disgusting.

  5. As recently as 40 years ago this was a powerful, maybe even prevalent norm in relationships. Even when people were about the same age, the power differential worked very much as it did in this case. It’s still like that in much more of the world than it is not.

    None of this is to say we actually ignore violence, abuse, or coercion in relationships.
    If 16 was old enough for marriage and dynastic alliances in much of our history, how much has really changed right now?

  6. I will be privileged if I was given a chance to be a subject of this kind of art! It is so beautiful! 🙂

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