A California woman says she had a years-long affair with director Woody Allen that began when she was just 16 and he was 41.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Christina Engelhardt said she became intimate with Allen at his Manhattan apartment while she was still 16 – under the legal age of consent in New York – but she doesn’t feel victimized by the moviemaker.
“I’m not attacking Woody,” Engelhardt, now 59, told the magazine in an interview published Monday. “This is not ‘bring down this man.’ I’m talking about my love story. This made me who I am. I have no regrets.”
She said they were together for eight years, and sometimes engaged in threesomes with other women, including actress Mia Farrow. She said she found the experiences “interesting – a ‘70s exploration.”
Engelhardt – an actress and a model – said she was one of the inspirations for the teenage character Allen’s writer character had an affair with in his 1979 movie “Manhattan.”
Reps for Allen, 83, and Farrow, 73, did not respond to requests for comment.
Engelhardt isn’t the first woman to say she had an affair with Allen while in high school during that time frame — actress Stacy Nelkin has said she did as well, but that their relationship began when she was 17.
Nelkin, whom Allen has acknowledged dating, has also claimed to be the inspiration for the Mariel Hemingway character in “Manhattan.”
Nelkin told NBC News on Monday that she’d never heard of Engelhardt, but that Allen might have been seeing other women during that time period “doesn’t surprise me.”
Like Engelhardt, Nelkin remembers her relationship with Allen — whom she said she is still close friends with — warmly.
“The time Woody and I spent together was wonderful and memorable. That being said, I certainly wouldn’t want either of my daughters to date someone 24 years their senior,” she said.
Engelhardt did not respond to a request for comment on the THR story.
Engelhardt told the magazine she was already working as a model when she caught sight of Allen in famed writers’ hangout Elaine’s — a New York City bar and restaurant — in 1976. She said she dropped him a note at his table with her phone number that read, “Since you’ve signed enough autographs, here’s mine!”
She said he called her soon after and invited her to his Fifth Avenue penthouse, and they became physically intimate weeks later. She said he never asked her her age, but was aware she was still in high school.
Engelhardt said Allen kept their relationship quiet by always having her over to his apartment and never taking her out. She said she had no problem with him calling the shots.
“I was a pleaser, agreeable,” she said. “Knowing he was a director, I didn’t argue. I was coming from a place of devotion.”
In the THR interview, Engelhardt said she believes Hemingway’s “Tracy” character is based on a composite of women, but one of them was her. She also said she’d had no advance warning about what the movie was about.
“I cried through most of the movie, the dawning of realization slowly settling in as my greatest fears crept to the surface,” she wrote in a memoir manuscript she shared with the magazine. “How was our partnership not something more than just a fling? We had shared such a special bond right from the start, something magical, and now here was his interpretation of me and us on the big screen for all to see in black-and-white. How could he deconstruct my personality and our life together as if it were just some fictional creation for art house fatheads to pore over?”
She said that when she next saw Allen, she told him she saw a lot of similarities between Hemingway’s character and her. “I thought you would,” she said he responded.
“That was it,” she wrote in her manuscript. “That was all I would ever get out of him about the film, and looking back now, I am so angry with myself for not being stronger.”
She said she eventually left Allen and New York.
“I thought I was special, and then I realized he’s a big person and he’s got a big life — I’m in his life,” she said. “It’s a rainbow with many colors, and I’m one of them.”
And while she has warm memories of their time together, she said she was upset after finding out about Allen’s relationship with Farrow’s much-younger adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn.
“I felt sorry for Mia,” she told the magazine. “I thought, ‘Didn’t Woody have enough ‘extra,’ with or without her, that the last thing he had to do was to go for something that was totally hers?’
“It was total disrespect,” she said.
Allen and Previn have been married for 21 years.
9-year-old genius to graduate university
(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.
Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.
Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.
He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.
His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.
“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.
Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.
While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.
But Lydia has her own theory.
“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.
The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.
“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.
“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”
Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.
“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”
Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”
His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.
“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.
“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”
While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.
“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”
Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.
However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.
In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.
Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.
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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem
Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.
The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.
Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.
🚨WANTED for ASSAULT: on 11/6 at approx 3:43 PM in front of 128 West 112th St in Manhattan, a 32 yr old male was walking with his 8 yr old son when a white BMW jumped the curb & hit the father & son. The driver then got out and slashed the father. Call @NYPDTips with any info. pic.twitter.com/cwd79rcM4c
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) November 15, 2019
Father and son were both knocked through a gate.
The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.
One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.
McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.
McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.
Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
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