An actress and model Babi Christina is sharing her alleged story of an affair with Woody Allen that began when she was 16, and included threesomes with him and his then-partner Mia Farrow.
The now-59-year-old tells The Hollywood Reporter that she caught the then-41-year-old’s attention in October of 1976 at watering hole Elaine’s on the Upper East Side. After meeting, they became intimate a few weeks later, she says.
"I was a pleaser, agreeable. Knowing he was a director, I didn’t argue. I was coming from a place of devotion," she says.
Her brother Mike recalls Allen calling their parents’ home in New Jersey. "I’d holler out, ‘Babi, it’s Woody!’ My brain didn’t think something romantic; I was 11 or 12 and a huge fan. I mean, Bananas?!" he says.
"There were times the three of us were together, and it was actually great fun. We enjoyed each other when we were in the moment. She was beautiful and sweet, he was charming and alluring, and I was sexy and becoming more and more sophisticated in this game," she notes.
She continues: "While we were together, the whole thing was a game that was being operated solely by Woody so we never quite knew where we stood. I used to think this was a form of mother-father with the two of them. To me, that whole relationship was very Freudian: how I admired them, how he’d already broken me in, how I let that be all right."
This is hardly the first accusation Allen has faced. His adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow says she was molested by Allen as a child, a charge he has denied.
Meghan Markle’s estranged father Thomas is pulling out all the stops in a bid to get her to let him back into her life. The 74-year-old appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain Monday, explaining that he wanted to patch the rift between himself and the 37-year-old Duchess.
They haven’t spoken since the night before her May wedding to Prince Harry, and he claims he’s texted her every day since, in addition to writing letters (and giving interviews pleading his case).
He says he hasn’t even received a Christmas card from Meghan, and made a pitch via the interview to the Queen. He says: "I would appreciate anything the Queen could do. I would think she would want to resolve family problems. All families, royal or otherwise, are the same and they should all be together – certainly around the holidays."
Thomas says he truly hopes that the pregnant Meghan will allow him to see his grandson. He says: "That would be very nice and I look forward to that happening. I’m hopeful. I think it should happen. I think she’ll make a great mom and maybe things will soften a little bit and we’ll connect again. There has to be a place for me. I’m her father, and I will be the grandfather to the children — so all I can say is that I’m here, she knows it. I’ve reached out to her and I need her to reach back to me. I love her very much."
HARRY OPTS OUT OF HUNT
Meanwhile, Harry has opted out of a traditional annual pheasant hunt in deference to Meghan’s love of animals, the Daily Mail reports.
Sources tell the paper that this latest development will only deepen the alleged rift between Harry and his brother William.
"William sees this as another concerning example of his brother being pulled away from his family by his new wife," an insider told the Sunday Mirror. "Harry’s always loved hunting and it has provided them with a great chance to bond as brothers."
WICKED TUNA’S WILLBILLY HATHAWAY DIES: Wicked Tuna cast member William "Willbilly" Hathaway has died at age 36 in a car crash, according to reports. He died on Saturday in Salisbury, MD, after being forced to swerve into a ditch when the driver in front of him swerved suddenly. He was reportedly found "slumped over the center console" and not breathing when emergency personnel got there. He was pronounced dead at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center.
LINDSAY LOHAN TO RING IN NEW YEAR IN TIMES SQUARE? Lindsay Lohan has some unexpected plans for New Year’s Eve: she and her younger sister Ali Lohan and singer Robin Thicke, Page Six reports. LiLo is expected to introduce Ali’s performance at the Marriott Marquis ahead of Thicke’s scheduled concert. Lindsay is currently in NYC promoting her new MTV docuseries, Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club. That party gets started January 8th; will you tune in for LiLo’s second act?
OCTOMOM SAYS MANAGER FORCED HER INTO PORN: Nadya Suleman, aka Octomom, opened up to The New York Times about the reality of raising 14 children on her own. The 43-year-old, who now goes by Natalie, says her doctor misled her, telling her it was safe to implant 12 embryos. He has since lost his license and left the U.S., she adds. "I have PTSD from all the reporters coming in over the years. I would take whatever I could back in the days, and I would let them in. I was spiraling down a dark hole. There were no healthy opportunities for Octomom," she says. "I was doing what I was told to do and saying what I was told to say. When you're pretending to be something you're not, at least for me, you end up falling on your face." She also claims her manager forced her into porn. She says: "I wanted to quit, but my manager said, 'If you do, I'm reporting you to welfare for fraud.' I gave my bank account to her to control because I was so overwhelmed and busy managing my family. Checks that were forged — minimum $60,000 was stolen in six months. And she was selling stories left and right. She was a predator."
CELEBRITY STYLIST ORIBE CANALES DIES: Stylist to the stars Oribe Canales has died at age 62. The cause of death has not been reported, but his namesake line of products is a favorite among celebs and he was a longtime fixture at fashion shows and on red carpets. "Devastated over the loss of this man. The most handsome. The funniest. The one and only. Oribe," wrote supermodel Christy Turlington. Naomi Campbell, Miley Cyrus, Emily Ratajkowski, Karen Elson and Cindy Crawford also penned tributes.
Jada Pinkett Smith is opening up about her struggles with mental health. On Monday’s episode of her Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk, the 47-year-old star opens up with her mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones, her 18-year-old daughter, Willow, and guest Kid Cudi on her suicidal thoughts, which seemed to crest as she began to achieve critical success.
Says Jada of a breakdown that happened when she was 20: "I had an emotional breakdown that definitely I feel like affected my mental stability. ... I became extremely suicidal. I had a complete emotional collapse. When you just don't have control over your emotions, your thoughts, you feel completely and utterly out of control."
Jada says she moved to L.A. and found success, which counter-intuitively made her depression worse. "They put me on Prozac, it was, like, five milligrams, but once it disrupted my sex drive I said, 'Look, that's the one thing I have in my life ...'" she says with a laugh. "That was the thing that got me off of Prozac. They put me on it just so I could get to a place where I could talk about what was happening, where I could function."
"I was severely depressed and that was something I battled for years," she continues. "Waking up in the morning was the worst part of the day."
She admits to turning to drinking and drugs at a certain point to combat depression and anxiety.
"I was doing ecstasy because I wanted to party," she recalls. "I was doing ecstasy, weed and a bottle of Courvoisier, because I wanted to get lit. I wasn't making the connection."
Pete Davidson refused to see Ariana Grande when she showed up at 30 Rock after seeing him post a suicidal note on Instagram, TMZ reports.
Sources tell the site that Davidson told security to refuse entry to his former fiancé.
Davidson posted this on Instagram, then deleted his account over the weekend: "i really don't want to be on this earth anymore. i'm doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don't know how much longer i can last."
On Saturday, the Saturday Night Live star appeared on the show briefly to introduce Miley Cyrus, and in a pre-taped skit. While on-set, he reportedly refused to leave his dressing room during rehearsals. After the show wrapped, Davidson and Machine Gun Kelly were seen leaving Rockefeller Plaza together in an SUV.
Kelly was among the crowd of celebs on social media sending shout-outs to the troubled star over the weekend. On Monday, Kelly responded to a fan who questioned why he flew to New York, tweeting: "I absolutely got on that flight to come hold my boy down otherwise i would’ve stayed in the studio until today."
The Oscar-winning Mahershala Ali has apologized to the family of Dr. Donald W. Shirley, whom he played in Green Book. The film, directed by Peter Farrelly, had come under fire previously for its so-called "magical negro" storyline, and now family members of Dr. Shirley's are denouncing the film for what they characterize as narrative falsehoods.
In a sweeping interview in Shadow And Act, Dr. Shirley’s nephew Edwin Shirley III, and his brother, Maurice Shirley, say the film twisted the truth of the friendship between Dr. Shirley and chauffeur Tony "Lip" Vallelonga, played by Viggo Mortensen. Maurice and his wife Patricia tell the publication they weren’t friends at all.
"It was an employer-employee relationship," Patricia says. Edwin says Dr. Shirley never referred to Tony as a "friend," and calls the relationship "the only kind of relationship that Dr. Shirley ever had with any of the people he worked with."
"You asked what kind of relationship he had with Tony? He fired Tony!" Maurice says. "Which is consistent with the many firings he did with all of his chauffeurs over time…Tony would not open the door, he would not take any bags, he would take his chauffeur’s cap off when Donald got out of the car, and several times Donald would find him with the cap off, and confronted him. When you hear that Tony had been with him for 18 months, I can assure you, no chauffeur lasted with my brother for 18 months. Anybody who knew my brother’s temper and had any experience with any of his other chauffeurs—the maximum was the one from right here in Milwaukee from the Urban League that lasted at least two months."
Most distressingly, they say, was the part of the film that showed Dr. Shirley as being estranged from his family.
"That was very hurtful," Edwin say. "That’s just 100% wrong."
Maurice goes further, calling the film a "symphony of lies."
Once Ali learned of their distress, they say he called them to apologize.
"I got a call from Mahershala Ali, a very, very respectful phone call, from him personally," Maurice says. "He called me and my Uncle Maurice in which he apologized profusely if there had been any offense."
"What he said was, ‘If I have offended you, I am so, so terribly sorry. I did the best I could with the material I had. I was not aware that there were close relatives with whom I could have consulted to add some nuance to the character,’" adds Edwin.
FIRST LOOK AT BREAKING THE SILENCE: Gretchen Carlson: Breaking the Silence has shared a first look at the documentary. The two-hour special is part of a three-part series that Carlson and A E have teamed up on. This first one airs January 14th at 8 p.m., and in it, Carlson travels the country to interview ordinary women and help them tell their stories of sexual harassment and abuse. In addition to revealing stories of alleged harassment at McDonald’s, she tells her own story of allegedly being abused by the late Roger Ailes of Fox News.
DARK CRYSTAL SETS CAST: Taron Egerton, Anya-Taylor Joy and Nathalie Emmanuel have signed on to lead the voice cast of Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Helena Bonham-Carter, Mark Hamill and Andy Samberg will also lend their voices to the Jim Henson reboot, set to launch on Netflix next year. The streaming giant also released the first images of Dark Crystal Monday.
JEFF BRIDGES TO RECEIVE CECIL B. DEMILLE AWARD: Jeff Bridges will be lauded at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards. The Big Lebowski, Crazy Heart and True Grit star will receive the Cecil B. DeMille award on January 6th, 2019, at the Golden Globes. Bridges received his first Golden Globe nomination in 1984 for his role in Starman. Previous honorees have included Robert DeNiro, Audrey Hepburn and Jodie Foster.
STUDY SAYS NETFLIX IS NOT IMPACTING MOVIE THEATERS: The conventional wisdom that flagging theatrical attendance can be blamed on the growing popularity of streaming services are false, a new study claims. EY’s Quantitative Economics and Statistics Group found that people who go to theaters more frequently also consume more streaming content. Conversely, half of the people who didn’t go to a theater in the past year, also didn’t stream anything online. "The message here is that there’s not a war between streaming and theatrical," said Phil Contrino, director of media and research at NATO. "People who love content are watching it across platforms and all platforms have place in consumers’ minds." Do you go to movies less now in favor of streaming services?