Mariel Hemingway Claims Woody Allen Made Romantic Overtures to Her When She Was a Teen

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Mariel Hemingway is claiming that director Woody Allen made overtures to her when she was 18, inviting her to take a romantic getaway to Paris.

In a memoir penned by Mariel Hemingway, the actress said the inappropriate attention came just after she played Woody Allen's teenage girlfriend in the 1979 movie Manhattan.

Mariel Hemingway explained in her upcoming memoir, Out Came the Sun that following the completion of the shoot, Woody Allen, who was in his mid-40s at the time, flew out to her parents’ home in Idaho and invited her to take a trip with him to Pars, which the actress claims made her very nervous.

“Our relationship was platonic, but I started to see that he had a kind of 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,” writes Mariel Hemingway.

She warned her parents “that 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. 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.”

Hemingway says she woke up in the middle of the night “with the certain knowledge that I was an idiot. No one was going to get their own room. His plan, such as it was, involved being with me.”

Mariel Hemingway said she confronted Woody Allen in the guest room of her parents' home.

“I’m not going to get my own room, am I?” As Allen fumbled for his glasses, Hemingway informed him: “I can’t go to Paris with you.”

According to Hemingway, he called for his private jet the next morning and left Idaho.

Woody Allen has long been accused of inappropriate behavior with young women. The director has always denied allegations by his ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow that he sexually assaulted his adopted daughter, Dylan, when she was 7, and no charges were ever brought.

Woody Allen began dating Soon-Yi Previn, Farrow’s other adopted daughter, when she was a young woman, and they are now married.

Despite the strange encounter with Woody Allen in the 1970s, Mariel Hemingway was on hand to help honor Allen last year for a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes, which Allen eventually boycotted.

Pam Wright