Colin Firth reveals he “wouldn’t work with Woody Allen again”

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Colin Firth is the latest actor to distance himself from writer-director Woody Allen. 

Colin Firth has revealed he won’t work with Hollywood director Woody Allen ever again, following sexual abuse allegations made by his daughter, Dylan Farrow.

“I wouldn’t work with him again,” Firth told the Guardian, on the same day Farrow gave her first TV interview about the allegations.

Firth starred in Allen’s film Magic in the Moonlight in 2014 alongside Emma Stone.

Allen has long been accused of sexual abuse by Farrow, who he legally adopted in 1991 (he had been in a relationship with her adoptive mother, Mia Farrow, since 1980).

In 2014, Farrow wrote an open letter for The New York Times detailing the abuse she allegedly suffered at Allen’s hands. She had previously accused him of assaulting her in 1993, when she was eight years old, and said that the abuse occurred when she was seven.

Allen was not charged in that case, in part due to Farrow’s perceived fragility as a child witness. The judge said he could not conclude what had happened, but did state: “Mr Allen’s behaviour toward Dylan was grossly inappropriate and […] measures must be taken to protect her.”

Allen’s sexual conduct has come under renewed scrutiny in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the invigorated conversation that has emerged around sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood. In December, Farrow wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times in which she questioned Hollywood’s “selective” revolution.

Firth starred in Allen’s film Magic in the Moonlight in 2014 alongside Emma Stone.

The Oscar-winning actor joins an ever-increasing number of actors and actresses who’ve publicly distanced themselves from the critically-acclaimed director in recent weeks.

Timothée Chalamet announced on social media that he will donate his salary from his role in Woody Allen’s latest film, A Rainy Day in New York, to charities including the Time’s Up initiative.

Greta Gerwig, who recently picked up a Golden Globe for her directorial debut Lady Bird, said that she regretted working with Allen on his film To Rome With Love.

“I would like to speak specifically to the Woody Allen question which I have been asked about a couple of times recently, as I worked for him on a film that came out in 2012,” Gerwig said, in an online op-ed for The New York Times

“If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film.”

Actress Mira Sorvino also penned an emotional open letter to Dylan Farrow, saying she was “terribly sorry” for having previously worked with Allen.

“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,” Sorvino wrote.

“As a mother and a woman, this breaks my heart for you. I am so, so sorry.”

Sorvino, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of a prostitute in Allen’s 1995 comedy Mighty Aphrodite, has now vowed to never work with Allen again.

Firth was outspoken toward producer Harvey Weinstein last year – whose company produced The King’s Speech in 2010, a film that saw Firth earn an Oscar from. The actor said Weinstein was a “frightening man” and felt “shame” for not doing more when actress Sophie Dix told him of a “distressing encounter” many years ago. 

Harvey Weinstein and Woody Allen deny all sexual abuse allegations made against them. 

Images: Rex Features