American director Woody Allen, November 14, 2017 in New York
He had so far been spared by the #Metoo movement. But at 82, Woody Allen finds himself in the storm of sexual harassment accusations, with several celebrities refusing to work with him as his adopted daughter has relaunched his allegations of sexual abuse.
The New York director, one of the most prolific in the history of cinema with fifty films made in as many years of career, had largely escaped so far the wrath of the anti-harassment movement that has fallen from many actors and directors since the revelations against producer Harvey Weinstein: from Kevin Spacey to Brett Ratner, to Dustin Hoffman.
French-American actor Timothée Chalamet on January 9, 2018 in New York
But this week, the storm threatens it in turn. The French-American actor Timothée Chalamet, revealed in recent months in films like „Call me by your name“ or „Lady Bird“ and new darling of Hollywood, said in a message on his Instagram account Monday, regret to have worked with him on his new film to be released this year, „A rainy day in New York“.
„I do not want to take advantage of my work on this film,“ said the new 22-year-old star, „and for that I will donate my entire salary to three associations“ of assistance to victims of sexual harassment , including the young „Time’s Up“, premiered in early January by a collective of more than 300 Hollywood women.
This message is in addition to other distance celebrities like Jessica Chastain or Rebecca Hall who have suggested in recent weeks that they no longer wanted to work with Allen.
Shortly after the Golden Globes ceremony in early January, the director of „Lady Bird“, Greta Gerwig, who won the Golden Globe for best comedy, also expressed her regret for having played in her 2012 film, „To Rome with Love „.
– ‚If I had known‘ –
Greta Gerwig, January 9, 2018 in New York
If I had known then what I know today,“ she told the New York Times, „I would not have played in this movie (…). worked with him since, and I will not work with him anymore. “
Greta Gerwig has cited two recent galleries of her adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, who has been accusing Woody Allen since 1992 of sexually abusing her when she was seven years old, pointing out that they had „made her realize that she had (t) added to a woman’s pain, „which broke her heart.“
Woody Allen did not react to this new controversy and his agent did not immediately respond to a request from AFP.
But he has always denied these accusations. Notably in the New York Times in 2014, where he claimed that she had been pushed to lie by Mia Farrow during their acrimonious divorce, and recalled that the investigators had waived any prosecution.
Mia Farrow (G) and daughter Dylan Farrow, April 26, 2016 in New York
The story is rebounding today partly because Dylan Farrow, 32 years old, relaunched his accusations in his first television interview, which CBS broadcast Wednesday excerpts before a full broadcast Thursday.
„I’m telling the truth and I think it’s important for people to realize that a victim, an accuser, is important, that it’s enough to change things,“ she says in this interview.
„Why should not I be angry, why should not I be hurt, why should not I be scandalized after all those years when I was ignored, where I was not believed?“ Brother journalist Ronan Farrow was at the forefront of revelations about Weinstein.
While Chalamet and others have sided with Dylan Farrow, some have taken Woody Allen’s defense, including Alec Baldwin.
„Two states have investigated Woody Allen and have not charged him,“ he said on Twitter on Tuesday, calling the situation „unjust and sad“.
The multi-oscarized director, who has made his neuroses a trademark, has long been surrounded by a scent of scandal.
The 1992 charges coincided with the revelation of his relationship with Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, a 35-year-old junior, who has been the subject of much publicity. They have since married and have two adopted daughters.
Since then, the scandal has never completely abandoned it, without preventing it from continuing to make films.
If films such as „Take the Hearts and Pull“, „Manhattan“ or „Annie Hall“ have helped make him the archetypal New York Jew, most of his recent opus have been shot in Europe , both a refuge and a source of inspiration.