Colin Firth on Woody Allen: "I Wouldn't Work With Him Again"

Wendy Jensen
January 20, 2018

Colin Firth has joined the list of growing actors who have refused to work with Woody Allen in light of sexual abuse claims made by his adopted daughter.

In a statement to the Guardian, Firth, who appeared in Allen's 2013 film Magic in the Moonlight, became the latest actor to declare that he would not work with Allen again. Hall and Chalamet, who have parts in in Allen's next film, A Rainy Day in NY, which was scheduled to be released this year, said they would donate their salaries to charities.

After seeing Dylan Farrow speaking out on television on January 18, 2018, he announced he would never work with Woody Allen again. Firth is the latest in a strong of actors to rebuke Allen following his daughter's claims.

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Allen's estranged, adopted daughter Dylan Farrow has revived claims that he sexually assaulted her as a 7-year-old in 1992, asking the world to finally believe her as the sexual harassment watershed convulses America.

In his statement on Thursday, Allen said both the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare had "thoroughly investigated" the alleged molestation and "concluded that no molestation had ever taken place". It's not the most verbose denunciation in the world, but it's an important one nonetheless: Each prominent actor or filmmaker who cuts ties with Allen is one less cinematic collaborator he can turn to, one more industry door slammed shut and perhaps most importantly, one more well-known male actor using his ample platform to amplify a message now resonating throughout Hollywood and beyond: Time's up.

She added: "Every step of the way, my mother has only encouraged me to tell the truth ... As a mother and a woman, this breaks my heart for you", she wrote.

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Now, suddenly, when it is the popular thing to do, they are outraged and determined to demand justice.

Allen - the director of more than 50 movies, a four-times Oscar victor and showered with awards in Europe - has always denied the allegations, which have never been proven. She also wanted celebrities who work with and praise Allen to "acknowledge their complicity and maybe hold themselves accountable to how they have perpetuated this culture of silence in their industry". "My first impulse was that I had done something wrong". After social media pressure from his young fan base, however, Timothée Chalamet was the first male star of an Allen film to express regrets. "I'm not able to answer the question directly because of contractual obligations". Selena Gomez, who stars in the same movie, has already reportedly donated a fee larger than her salary to charity.

Rachel Brosnahan: Though she worked with Allen on the Amazon series "Crisis in Six Scenes", the actress said that she has "struggled" with her decision to do it.

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The letter was a big deal back in 2014, when letting survivors push back and go public about incidents of alleged abuse was not commonplace.

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