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Woody Allen’s #TimesUp Reckoning May Have Finally Begun

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When Harvey Weinstein was first accused of sexual assault by the women who have worked with him, his entire reputation and career fell apart — he was fired from The Weinstein Company, and immediately headed to rehab for sex addiction. Kevin Spacey suffered a similar fate when Anthony Rapp (among others) accused him of assault as well, and House of Cards plans to move on without him. But what about Woody Allen?

For years, the famed director has been the subject of a lot of negative buzz, and then, in 2014, stepdaughter Dylan Farrow wrote an op-ed in The New York Times accusing him of molesting her as a child. Unfortunately, Dylan didn’t receive the same response as victims of men like Harvey and Kevin did. Women in Hollywood continued to work with Woody, and some, like Kate Winslet, even defended him in interviews.

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In multiple interviews, the Wonder Wheel actress has defended the alleged molester telling the LA Times, “I don’t know anything, really, and whether any of it is true or false. Having thought it all through, you put it to one side and just work with the person. Woody Allen is an incredible director.” She later told the publication, “At the end of the day, you look at the facts. He’s an 81-year-old man who went through a two-year court case. As far as I know, he wasn’t convicted of anything.”

Other big-time celebrities who have advocated for women’s empowerment in light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, including Justin Timberlake and Selena Gomez have also continued to work with and praise Woody Allen despite the allegations against him. It didn’t seem like that would ever change — until now.

Now, there’s been a shift. Sunday’s Golden Globes were all about the #TimesUp movement, and more people are taking sexual assault allegations in the entertainment industry seriously whenever new accusations come to light. Now, it seems like a takedown of Woody Allen might actually be possible. On Thursday, Mira Sorvino — who has worked with him in the past — issued an apology to Dylan and vowed never to work with him again.

In an open letter to Dylan published on The Huffington Post, Mira wrote:

I confess that at the time I worked for Woody Allen I was a naive young actress. I swallowed the media’s portrayal of your abuse allegations against your father as an outgrowth of a twisted custody battle between Mia Farrow and him, and did not look further into the situation, for which I am terribly sorry. For this I also owe an apology to Mia.

She went on to add that because she didn’t personally experience any misconduct from Woody while she worked with him on Mighty Aphrodite, at first she struggled with the idea of denouncing someone who had always been a “hero” to her. But after taking time to talk to Dylan’s brother, Ronan, she knew what she had to do.

Mira added:

I am so sorry, Dylan! I cannot begin to imagine how you have felt, all these years as you watched someone you called out as having hurt you as a child, a vulnerable little girl in his care, be lauded again and again, including by me and countless others in Hollywood who praised him and ignored you. As a mother and a woman, this breaks my heart for you. I am so, so sorry!

Mira isn’t the only woman in Hollywood who has pledged to stop defending and working with Woody. Earlier this week, Greta Gerwig made it very clear in a lengthy statement to Buzzfeed that she will never work with Woody again.

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“Dylan Farrow’s two different pieces made me realize that I increased another woman’s pain, and I was heartbroken by that realization,” the Lady Bird director said. She’d acted in Allen’s To Rome With Love in 2012.

Before that, Ellen Page wrote in a November Facebook post that working with Woody was “the biggest regret of my career.”

Earlier this month, David Krumholtz of Numb3rs and Harold & Kumar fame also publicly denounced the director and tweeted that taking the part in the Kate Winslet/Justin Timberlake Wonder Wheel is “one of [his] most heartbreaking mistakes” and that he “deeply regret[s] working with Woody Allen on Wonder Wheel.” He added, “We can no longer let these men represent us in entertainment, politics, or any other realm.”

This shift is so important, especially in light of the fact that accusations against men working in film and TV just keep on coming. It’s easy to denounce someone when everyone else is doing it, but when it comes to men like Woody, who have been respected for so long and have the kind of power to make or break your career, going against the grain becomes more difficult. No matter how hard it is, though, it needs to happen. How can women dress in black to the Golden Globes and men don #TimesUp pins on their suits if they aren’t willing to stand up for all women, not just the ones who have accused men they’re not worried about disrespecting?

Hopefully, people like Greta, Ellen, David and Mira will set an example that will lead other actors and actresses to do what they should have a long time ago: Refuse to work with a man who has been accused of sexually abusing his own adopted daughter. Regardless of Woody’s legendary history in film, behavior like what Dylan has accused him of cannot and should not be tolerated. To JT, Kate, Blake Lively, Sel, Steve Carell, and others — time’s up!

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