While some have defended him, a growing list of actors and actresses who have worked with director Woody Allen are reconsidering their participation in his films. Some even say they'll never work with him again. (Jan. 17, 2018)
Sparked by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, a renewed backlash against legendary director Woody Allen has been simmering in recent weeks.
In a 2014 open letter published in the New York Times, Dylan Farrow — adopted daughter of Allen and actress Mia Farrow — alleged that Allen sexually abused her when she was 7 years old. It was the first time Farrow had written publicly about the allegations that first surfaced in 1993.
Then, in December 2017, after Harvey Weinstein had been decried by much of the film industry for the dozens of accusations of sexual misconduct made against him, Farrow penned another op-ed.
Writing for the Los Angeles Times, under the headline “Why has the #MeToo revolution spared Woody Allen?,” Farrow asked where was the outrage for what she experienced. She name-checked actresses who had worked with Allen since her accusations had been made, including Kate Winslet and Blake Lively.
“Although the culture seems to be shifting rapidly, my allegation is apparently still just too complicated, too difficult, too ‘dangerous,’ to use Lively’s term, to confront,” Farrow wrote.
Actors and actresses who have starred in Allen’s films have often been confronted with questions about Farrow’s accusations. But now they seem to be taking action, from donating their salaries from Allen’s films to declaring they’ll never work with the embattled director again.
Here are a few of their varied responses over the years:
I worked [with Allen] three times and it was one of the privileges of my career.
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Jan. 29, 3:25 p.m.: This article was updated to include Diane Keaton’s latest commentary.
Jan. 22, 12:10 p.m.: This article was updated with comments from Joaquin Phoenix.
Jan. 19, 2 p.m.: This article was updated with comments from Marion Cotillard.
Jan. 19, 9 a.m.: This article was updated with comments from Colin Firth and Griffin Newman.
Jan. 18, 1 p.m.: This article was updated with comments from Rachel Brosnahan.
This article was originally published Jan. 17 at 8:55 a.m.