Actress Mira Sorvino has penned an emotional open letter to Dylan Farrow, saying she’s “terribly sorry” for having previously worked with the Hollywood director Woody Allen.
Mira Sorvino, who picked up an Oscar for her portrayal of a prostitute in Allen’s 1995 comedy Mighty Aphrodite, joins an increasing list of actresses who’ve expressed regret – including Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page - for having worked with the award-winning writer and director and has vowed to “never work with him again”.
“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 for the HuffPost.
“As a mother and a woman, this breaks my heart for you. I am so, so sorry!”
Allen has long stood accused of sexual assault by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow. Her accusations were investigated in 1993 and Allen wasn’t charged, due to the fragility of the 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.”
“This kind of abuse cannot be allowed to continue. If this means tearing down all the old gods, so be it,” Sorvino continued.
“Even if you love someone, if you learn they may have committed these despicable acts, they must be exposed and condemned, and this exposure must have consequences. I will never work with him again.”
Mighty Aphrodite was produced by Harvey Weinstein, who currently faces several sexual abuse allegations.
In her letter, Sorvino reveals that she spoke to Dylan’s brother, Ronan Farrow, and told him about her experiences working with Weinstein. “I told him I wanted to learn more about you and your situation,” she said, referring to Dylan’s case against Allen.
“He pointed me toward publicly available details of the case I had ruefully never known of, which made me begin to feel the evidence strongly supported your story. That you have been telling the truth all along.”
Dylan took to Twitter to express her gratitude for Sorvino penning her letter, saying:
“Mira Sorvino, I am overwhelmed and my gratitude to you cannot be expressed sufficiently in words. This letter is beautiful and I will carry your words with me.
“Your courage has been boundless and your activism an example for us all. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”
Several actresses have also come forward to vow to never work with the director again.
Greta Gerwig - who recently picked up a Golden Globe for her directorial debut Lady Bird – spoke out about working with Allen and the sexual abuse allegations surrounding him, vowing to never work with him again.
“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 op-ed for the New York Times.
Gerwig played the character of Sally in Allen’s To Rome With Love back in 2012.
“It is something that I take very seriously and have been thinking deeply about, and it has taken me time to gather my thoughts and say what I mean to say,” Gerwig explained.
“I can only speak for myself and what I’ve come to is this: If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film. I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again.”
Actress Ellen Page, who starred in To Rome With Love with Gerwig, has also previously spoken about her feelings of “regret” towards having worked with Allen.
“I did a Woody Allen movie and it is the biggest regret of my career,” Page wrote in a Facebook post in November 2017.
“I am ashamed I did this. I had yet to find my voice and was not who I am now and felt pressured, because ‘of course you have to say yes to this Woody Allen film.’ Ultimately, however, it is my choice what films I decide to do and I made the wrong choice. I made an awful mistake.”
Allen and Weinstein have denied all sexual allegations made against them.
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