Homeland’s Timothée Chalamet donates salary from Woody Allen film to Time’s Up

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Timothée Chalamet is the latest actor to distance himself from Hollywood director and writer Woody Allen.

Timothée Chalamet has revealed on social media that he’ll be donating his salary from his role in Woody Allen’s latest film, A Rainy Day in New York, to several charities.

The Call Me By Your Name actor – who stars alongside Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Liev Schreiber and Jude Law in Allen’s latest film – plans on donating his wages to the film industry’s anti-sexual harassment initiative Time’s Up; the LGBT Centre in New York; and RAINN, an organisation that supports victims of sexual violence.

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday 16 January, Chalamet wrote:

“This year has changed the way I see and feel about so many things; it has been a thrilling and, at times, enlightening education. I have, to this point, chosen projects from the perspective of a young actor trying to walk in the footsteps of more seasoned actors I admire.

“But I am learning that a good role isn’t the only criteria for accepting a job – that has become much clearer to me in the past few months, having witnessed the birth of a powerful movement intent on ending injustice, inequality and above all, silence.”

Co-stars Rebecca Hall and Griffin Newman have also both donated their salaries to the Time’s Up fund.

“I have been asked in few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer. I’m not able to answer the question directly because of contractual obligations. But what I can say is this: I don’t want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary to three charities: Time’s Up, the LGBT Centre in New York, and RAINN,” Chalamet continued.

“I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.”

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.”

In recent weeks, fellow actors Greta Gerwig and Mira Sorvino have openly spoken of their regret for having previously worked with Allen.

Sorvino penned an emotional open letter to Dylan Farrow, saying she’s “terribly sorry” for having previously worked with the Hollywood director.

“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

Sorvino picked up an Oscar for her portrayal of a prostitute in Allen’s 1995 comedy Mighty Aphrodite.

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

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

Greta Gerwig - who recently picked up a Golden Globe for her directorial debut Lady Bird (in which Chalamet stars) – spoke out about working with Allen and the sexual abuse allegations surrounding him, vowing to never work with him again too.

“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.

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.”

Allen has denied all sexual allegations made against him.

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