Comedian Griffin Newman says he regrets working with Woody Allen because he “believes” Allen is guilty. Newman said that he has donated his salary for working on the movie to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network aka RAINN. Newman made the statements on Twitter saying, “I worked on Woody Allen’s next movie. I believe he is guilty. I donated my entire salary to RAINN… It’s a one scene role. I spent a month debating whether or not quit. I deeply regret my final decision.” In addressing why he didn’t quit the film, “My parents were incredibly proud. I felt there things to be gained from the experience on that set. I was a coward.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Film Also Stars Jude Law & Selena Gomez
According to IMDb, the Woody Allen penned movie is “Untitled” and will be released in 2018. In addition to Newman, the film also stars Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Liev Schreiber and Jude Law. The film’s plot is unknown. It will be Allen’s 50th feature length movie. Deadline reports that it will be released through Amazon Studios.
2. Newman Says He Believes Dylan Farrow’s Assertions That Allen Was Sexually Abusive
During his Twitter statements, Newman said, “People ask me for evidence of his guilt. I don’t have any. I just read this and I know who I want to believe.” The comedian then posted a link to Dylan Farrow’s New York Times essay from February 2014.
Dylan Farrow wore that Allen made her feel uncomfortable, “For as long as [she] could remember.” Farrow said that Allen got into bed with her wearing only underwear. Allen wrote a rebuttal essay where he called the allegations, untrue and disgraceful.”
Allen’s biological son, Ronan Farrow, said in a tweet that he supported his sister writing, “I love and support my sister and I think her words speak for themselves.” Ronan Farrow wrote a follow-up piece for the Hollywood Reporter where he re-iterated his belief in his sister.
While Moses Farrow told People Magazine, “Of course Woody did not molest my sister… She loved him and looked forward to seeing him when he would visit.” Moses Farrow went on to blame the allegations on Mia Farrow wanting vengeance for Allen’s affair with Mia Farrow’s daughter, Soon-Yi.
3. One Review of The Tick Said that Newman’s Performance Is ‘a Young Woody Allen-Type’
A CNN review of Newman’s show, The Tick, referred to the comedian as a “young Woody Allen-type.” Newman plays the role of Arthur, the accountant sidekick to Peter Serafinowicz’s titular character.
4. Kate Winslet Recently Defended Working With Allen
Kate Winslet recently defended working with Woody Allen in Wonder Wheel. In an interview with the New York Times in September 2017, Winslet said:
Of course one thinks about it. But at the same time, I didn’t know Woody and I don’t know anything about that family. As the actor in the film, you have to step away and say, I don’t know anything, really, and whether any of it is true or false. Having thought it all through, you put it to one side and just work with the person.
5. Allen Says He Is ‘Sad’ for Harvey Weinstein
In the midst of the Harvey Weinstein sex-abuse scandal fallout, Wood Allen told the BBC that it was “sad for everybody involved.” Allen went on to say that there could be a “witch hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself. That’s not right either.”
The Oscar-winning director continued, “Tragic for the poor women involved, sad for Harvey that [his] life is so messed up. There’s no winners in that, it’s just very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that.” One of Weinstein’s accusers, Rose McGowan, replied to Allen’s comments tweeting, “You vile little worm.” Allen added that, “No one ever came to me or told me horror stories with any real seriousness. And they wouldn’t, because you are not interested in it. You are interested in making your movie.”
In a statement to Variety after Allen received a severe backlash for his comments, Allen said, “When I said I felt sad for Harvey Weinstein I thought it was clear the meaning was because he is a sad, sick man. I was surprised it was treated differently. Lest there be any ambiguity, this statement clarifies my intention and feelings.”
In 1994, Miramax launched Allen’s first movie since his divorce from Mia Farrow. Harvey Weinstein told the Los Angeles Times at the time of the release of Bullets Over Broadway, “Shunned by Hollywood means nothing to Miramax. We’re talking about a comic genius. Chaplin was shunned by Hollywood; so were a great many other international filmmakers, including Fellini – and those are the people who belong with Miramax.”