In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault and harassment scandal, a number of other high-profile abusers, including Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, and James Toback, have been called out for their abhorrent behavior and subsequently exiled from Hollywood. But inexplicably, Woody Allen, one of the most controversially lauded directors in the entertainment industry — having been long-accused of sexually abusing his then seven-year-old daughter Dylan Farrow in 1992 — largely appeared to avoid the same level of scrutiny from Hollywood’s top talent.
But after Farrow wrote an op-ed calling out Hollywood’s hypocrisy in vilifying many deserving abusers while continuing to praise and work with her abuser, the tide seems to finally be turning.
Timothée Chalamet has just become the latest celebrity to publicly distance himself from the writer-director, announcing that he’s donating his entire salary from Allen’s upcoming A Rainy Day in New York to three charities, including Time’s Up.
The actor, who stars alongside Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, and a host of other A-list actors in the upcoming film, had been hesitant to answer questions about working on the film in recent weeks, during the award season promotional campaign for Call Me By Your Name. But in a statement posted to his Instagram late Monday night, Chalamet revealed that while he can’t explicitly talk about his work on the movie right now due to “contractual obligations,” he seemed to admit to a certain level of regret in working on the film, writing “I am learning that a good role isn’t the only criteria for accepting a job.” He then added that he doesn’t “want to profit” from the film, and therefore will be donating his salary.
Chalamet’s statement comes on the heels of A Rainy Day In New York costar Rebecca Hall’s announcement that she’s donating her salary from the film to Time’s Up. Griffin Newman, who also has a role in the upcoming film, announced in October that he’d be donating his salary to RAINN, after admitting to regretting working on the film. Furthermore, Greta Gerwig, David Krumholtz, Ellen Page, and Mira Sorvino have also publicly come forward to express regret working with Allen.
Here’s Chalamet’s full statement:
We understand Chalamet’s “contractual obligations” preventing him from speaking further about the film — which is set to come out sometime in 2018 — but we hope he actually does open up about his experience on the film and his decision to work with Allen when the time comes.
We’re sure there’s a certain level of naiveté that comes with being a young actor looking to break into Hollywood, and his experience would certainly be enlightening for the next young actor feeling pressured to work with a critically acclaimed reprehensible person for the sake of a budding career. But we also hope that more of Chalamet’s costars and other noted Allen alums also take time to articulate their own reasoning for working with Allen because let’s face it, it’s time for them to stop avoiding it.