“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 reckoning and Allen’s personal scandals, she looks back with mixed emotions on their relationship and its unequal dynamic.
Sixteen, emerald-eyed, blond, an aspiring model with a confident streak and a painful past: Babi Christina Engelhardt had just caught Woody Allen’s gaze at legendary New York City power restaurant Elaine’s. It was October 1976, and when Engelhardt returned from the ladies’ room, she dropped a note on his table with her phone number. It brazenly read: “Since you’ve signed enough autographs, here’s mine!”
Soon, Allen rang, inviting her to his Fifth Avenue penthouse. The already-famous 41-year-old director, still hot off Sleeper and who’d release Annie Hall the following spring, never asked her age. But she told him she was still in high school, living with her family in rural New Jersey as she pursued her modeling ambitions in Manhattan. Within weeks, they’d become physically intimate at his place. She wouldn’t turn 17, legal in New York, until that December.” –Hollywood Reporter
When can we have a discussion about how weird Hollywood is? What a creepy and odd place. For a moment here, let’s put to the side the headline about Woody Allen. Hollywood is just a weird, unnatural place. Not enough people bring up how weird and creepy it is. Between rape for movie roles and the guy who ran Nickelodeon molesting kids in such awful ways that people in Hollywood kept it secret because they were afraid, it may be time for a cleanse of Hollywood.
Now, as for Woody Allen…
Is there a creepier, more loved human than Woody Allen? People seem to love his movies, love his acting, and just ignore all of the weird stuff he does. He’s been accused of assaulting his 7-year-old adopted daughter. He said this, “I’m open-minded about sex. I’m not above reproach; if anything, I’m below reproach. I mean, if I was caught in a love nest with 15 12-year-old girls tomorrow, people would think, yeah, I always knew that about him.” Allen pauses. “Nothing I could come up with would surprise anyone,” he ventures helplessly. “I admit to it all.” Which leads me to believe this is something that happened. He was pen-pals with a 13-year-old girl. He had a relationship with his girlfriend’s adopted daughter and married her. *Full disclosure* I don’t know exactly what the story was with that or if they got married but I don’t fact check. He is just a creepy dude and people just sweep it under the rug, as well as everything else that happens in Hollywood. The weirdest place on earth.
Let me wobble back to my corner, Joe Pa knew.