Woody Allen's 'Manhattan' Co-Star Claims Director Had Crush on Her When She Was 18

by Jackie Willis 8:30 AM PDT, March 25, 2015
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Mariel Hemingway portrayed Woody Allen's teenage girlfriend in the 1979 classic Manhattan, but she claims off-camera, he also took an interest in her.

At age 18, Hemingway says that after filming, Allen -- who was then in his mid-40s -- flew out to her home in Idaho where she lived with her parents and asked her to go to Paris with him. "Our relationship was platonic, but I started to see that he had a kind of crush on me," she writes in her memoir Out Came the Sun (via Fox News). "Though I dismissed it as the kind of thing that seemed to happen any time middle-aged men got around young women."

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Hemingway says she was so uncomfortable with the offer to go to Paris with the director that she approached her parents who actually encouraged the excursion. "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," she recalls telling her parents. "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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That's when the actress says she outright asked Allen about the rooming situation. "I'm not going to get my own room, am I?" she recalls telling him, adding that "Allen fumbled for his glasses."

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That's when Hemingway, now age 53, flat-out told Allen, "I can't go to Paris with you."

She claims the four-time Oscar director left Idaho on a private jet the next morning.

Hemingway's story comes after controversy surrounded Allen, 79, when his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow alleged this past year that he sexually abused her when she was a child. He has denied all allegations and has never been criminally charged for such claims.

ET spoke with Allen's lawyer in 2014 about Dylan's allegations. See his response, below.