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Woody Allen's Secret Teen Lover Speaks: Sex, Power and a Conflicted Muse Who Inspired 'Manhattan'

By The Hollywood Reporter

In 1976, 16-year-old model Babi Christina Engelhardt embarked on a hidden eight-year affair with the 41–year-old filmmaker that mirrors one of his most famous movies. Now, amid the #MeToo reckoningRead full story

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  • Well I'd say her journey was more than complicated. What is society willing to forgive in the name of genius?

  • Imagine this story but replacing Woody Allen with the CEO of an insurance company, or just some guy called Steve. Not cool.

  • Being enlightened to things like this keep me from blurting out how much I really did love A Midnight in Paris.

  • Woody Allen’s “artistry” influenced by his pedophilia. Is there still a place for this kind of misogynist in Hollywood (or anywhere else)?

  • I'll still laugh at "Sleeper" and "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid", but Woody Allen should be in jail for the rest of his miserable life. Not for what's in this article, which seems rather douchey but 100% consensual, but for what he did to his own adopted daughter, which was just despicable.

    Interesting bit: "By the late 1980s, she had ended up part of Fellini's creative circle in Rome, working in his office. One day, Allen, a noted fan, called him. 'I was the one to pick up,' Engelhardt says. 'He said

    I'll still laugh at "Sleeper" and "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid", but Woody Allen should be in jail for the rest of his miserable life. Not for what's in this article, which seems rather douchey but 100% consensual, but for what he did to his own adopted daughter, which was just despicable.

    Interesting bit: "By the late 1980s, she had ended up part of Fellini's creative circle in Rome, working in his office. One day, Allen, a noted fan, called him. 'I was the one to pick up,' Engelhardt says. 'He said, "You're with Fellini — you left me for Fellini?! That's so cool!" He was shocked I was with, of all people, his hero.' She still marvels that, to her mind, Allen finally valued her only when he came to (mistakenly) believe that another man, one he idolized, had successfully wooed her."

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