Woody Allen's Alleged Former Teen Girlfriend Speaks Out

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Here are some things we know about Woody Allen:

  • Mariel Hemingway says he tried to seduce her as a teenager.
  • Dylan Farrow says she was molested by Allen as a child.
  • He married Soon-Yi Previn, who he met when she was 10 years old.
  • He has written movies and several unproduced stories in which adult men have relationships with teenaged girls.
  • He allegedly dated actress Stacey Nelkin, who was 17 and in high school when she dated the middle-aged Allen.

And in a new story from The Hollywood Reporter, another one of Allen’s alleged teen girlfriends, Babi Christina Engelhardt, talks about her relationship with the director which she says began when she was just 16. Engelhardt says she gave Allen her phone number at a restaurant in 1976, which led to an eight-year relationship that started when she was underaged. She says she frequently visited Allen at his penthouse in Manhattan, with the rules being she would only meet him at his apartment. Engelhardt says that she also participated in threesomes with Allen and two other “beautiful young ladies,” whose ages are unspecified.

Four years into their relationship, Engelhardt says that Allen introduced her to his new “girlfriend” Mia Farrow, despite the fact that Engelhardt thought she was his girlfriend. She says she also participated in threesomes with both Farrow and Allen, both of whom declined to comment on THR’s story. “It wasn’t until after it was done when I really had time to think of how twisted it was when we were together … and how I was little more than a plaything,” she says. She also believes that she, Nelkin, and maybe other young women Allen dated were the inspiration for the underaged character Tracy in Manhattan.

Engelhardt reportedly eventually left New York to not only become a “platonic muse” to director Federico Fellini and personal assistant to Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who is accused of sexually abusing at least 80 women and for assembling a group of young women to further recruit underaged girls, a subject not discussed with Engelhardt in THR’s piece. But even if Engelhardt says she felt like a “plaything,” she does not feel victimized by Allen, despite the indisputable fact their relationship began as statutory rape. When she read his archives published in The Washington Post which cataloged, as the paper called it, an obsession with teenage girls, she realized she was part of a pattern the public has known for years through Allen’s work and personal life.

“What made me speak is I thought I could provide a perspective,” she says. “I’m not attacking Woody,” she says. “This is not ‘bring down this man.’ I’m talking about my love story. This made me who I am. I have no regrets.”

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Hazel Cills

Pop Culture Reporter, Jezebel