It’s been 26 years since allegations of sexual assault were made against director Woody Allen.
Since 1992, despite some asking when Allen’s time as a celebrated auteur would be up, actors like Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law and Cate Blanchett have vied for roles in his films with little comments about the director’s reputation.
But, Timothee Chalamet, a star in Allen’s forthcoming “A Rainy Day in New York,” has eschewed the Hollywood convention of ignoring “open secrets” for the sake of career advancement. Kind of.
After getting flack from the public for dodging questions about his decision to work with the “Annie Hall” director, Chalamet took to Instagram to make a promise. He’s donating his salary from the film to three organizations: Time’s Up, the LGBT Community Center in New York, and RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).
“This year has changed the way I see and feel about so many things” the “Call Me By Your Name” star wrote on Instagram, crediting the #MeToo movement for his decision. “I am learning that a good role isn’t the only criteria for accepting a job.”
He clarified that due to contractual obligations, he was unable to answer interview questions about his decision to take a role in one of Allen’s films. “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,” he wrote.
With his pledge, the 22-year-old joins co-star Rebecca Hall who expressed regret over working with Allen twice and promised on Instagram to donate her earnings from the film to Time’s Up.
Allen has been accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old Dylan Farrow, the daughter he adopted with actress Mia Farrow. Allen was investigated for the 1992 incident, but a Connecticut state’s attorney chose not to charge him. He has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Farrow has remained steadfast in her accusations, recently penning an op-ed for the L.A. Times where she criticized the hypocrisy of actresses like Winslet, Blake Lively and Greta Gerwig who’ve been vocal in their support for the #MeToo movement, but continue to work with Allen.
“It isn’t just power that allows men accused of sexual abuse to keep their careers and their secrets.” Farrow wrote. “It is also our collective choice to see simple situations as complicated and obvious conclusions as a matter of “who can say”?”
Chalamet and Hall are among a number of other actors who’ve distanced themselves from Allen in post-Weinstein Hollywood.
In November, Ellen Page called her movie with Allen “the biggest regret of my career.”
Earlier this month, actress Mira Sorvino apologized to Farrow in an open letter for not believing her story sooner.
And after reading Farrow’s op-ed, Gerwig said she realized by working with Allen in “To Rome with Love,” she realized she “increased another woman’s pain” said she can “make different decisions moving forward.”
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