Woody Allen allegedly tried to seduce a teen, and that's not the worst part

Mar 26, 2015 at 11:20 a.m. ET
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Mariel Hemingway wasn't having any of it.

The movie star and Woody Allen's costar in the 1979 movie Manhattan realized almost too late that the then-44-year-old director was trying to whisk her away to Europe so he could sleep with her.

Hemingway, the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, was 18 years old at the time and was hosting Allen at her parents' Idaho home when she slowly came to the realization that everyone around her was pushing for her platonic relationship with Allen to become something more before she brilliantly shut it down.

Mariel Heminway

She writes in her upcoming biography, Out Came the Sun, "…I started to see that he had kind of a crush on me, though I dismissed it as the kind of thing that seemed to happen any time middle-aged men got around young women."

Pause. That is a terrifying sentiment to begin with, but it gets so much worse.


She writes that she tried to explain the situation to her parents, saying, "I didn't know what the arrangement was going to be, that I wasn't sure if I was even going to have my own room [in Paris]. Woody hadn't said that. He hadn't even hinted it. But I wanted them to put their foot down. They didn't. They kept lightly encouraging me."

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So, she took matters into her own hands. She explains that she was so innocent at the time she was even embarrassed to talk about sex on camera. But she said she woke in the middle of the night, "with certain knowledge that [she] was an idiot. No one was going to get their own room. His plan, such as it was, involved being with [her]." So she went into his room while he was sleeping, woke him and asked, "I'm not going to get my own room, am I?" Then she told him, "I can't go with you to Paris."

Like. A. Boss.

He left the next morning.

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Remarkable, brazen, unquestionably disturbing, yet Hemingway displays a boldness I don't even think she seemed to be aware she had at the time, but it wouldn't be the only instance she had to use it.

Hemingway casts a light on the "casting couch" culture in Hollywood, "revealing a series of leading men and directors who hit on her."

She chronicles being literally chased around couches by men she worked with trying to have sex with her while continually hurling rejections. These stories appear to be only a few of the many lurid tales of the chauvinistic business in which she has lived most of her life.

Read more about the details of her long-ago encounter with Allen and about more indiscreet and unwanted advances by Hollywood men on Page Six.

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