Actors Renouncing Woody Allen, Expressing Regret for Their Roles in His Films

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January 16, 2018Jan 16, 2018

In the midst of the #MeToo movement, Woody Allen has largely gotten away with his disturbing past. In the 1990s, his adopted daughter accused him of molesting her. She said the incident happened in 1992 when she was seven-years-old.

Allen, who was investigated but not charged, has long denied the allegations. Farrow holds to her story. She said in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times that she's been telling the same details for the past 20 years.

"Woody Allen led me into an attic, away from the babysitters who had been instructed never to leave me alone with him. He then sexually assaulted me," she wrote.

In the op-ed, she asked the question: “Why is it that Harvey Weinstein and other accused celebrities have been cast out by Hollywood, while Allen recently secured a multimillion-dollar distribution deal with Amazon, greenlit by former Amazon Studios executive Roy Price before he was suspended over sexual misconduct allegations?”

Now, a growing number of actors have begun distancing themselves from the 82-year-old filmmaker. Even actors who are in his latest film have come out to express their regret for their role in the film.

AP reported that Timothee Chalamet, who is starring in Woody Allen's upcoming film, will be donating his salary from the film to three charities fighting sexual harassment and abuse.

He announced on Instagram that he didn’t want to profit from Allen’s “A Rainy Day in New York,” which wrapped shooting in the fall.

“I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve,” said Chalamet.

He's just the latest actor to distance him or herself from Allen. In recent weeks, Rebecca Hall (“A Rainy Day in New York,” ″Vicky Cristina Barcelona”), Mira Sorvino (“Mighty Aphrodite”), Ellen Page (“To Rome With Love”), David Krumholtz (“Wonder Wheel”), and Griffith Newman (“A Rainy Day in New York”) have all in some way distanced themselves from Allen or vowed that they wouldn’t work with him again.

“If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film,” said Greta Gerwig in an interview with the New York Times last week. Gerwing co-starred in Allen’s 2012 comedy 'To Rome With Love.

She continued, “I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again. Dylan Farrow’s two different pieces made me realize that I increased another woman’s pain, and I was heartbroken by that realization.”

“A Rainy Day in New York” is the fourth project for Allen with Amazon. The company bet on Allen to launch its film production arm of the mega business.

"It reportedly spent $80 million to lure Allen into television to make the 2016 series 'Crisis in Six Scenes,'" said AP.

“A Rainy Day in New York" is a romantic comedy due out sometime this year. It also stars Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Liev Schreiber, and Elle Fanning—all of whom have been silent on Allen up to this point.

In his statement, Chalamet noted that due to “contractual obligations” he couldn’t comment on the long-standing allegations against Allen.

Chalamet's announcement followed that of his co-star, Rebecca Hall. She similarly announced that she was donating her salary from the film to Time’s Up.

“It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation,” Hall wrote on Instagram.

However, Allen isn't entirely without support. Alec Baldwin recently came to his defense.

“Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed,” Baldwin said Tuesday on Twitter. “The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose. But it’s unfair and sad to me. I worked with Woody Allen three times and it was one of the privileges of my career.”

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