Winslet’s ‘bitter regrets’ over Allen
ACTRESS Kate Winslet expressed regret at working with someone in light of the anti-sexual abuse and harassment movements in Hollywood - but didn't mention Woody Allen by name.
"I wouldn't be able to stand here this evening, and keep to myself some bitter regrets that I have at poor decisions to work with individuals with whom I wish I had not," Winslet, 42, saidwhile accepting the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards.
"It has become clear to me that by not saying anything, I might be adding to the anguish of many courageous women and men. Sexual abuse is a crime," she continued. "While it rests with the rule of law to pass judgment, it lies with all of us to listen to the smallest of voices and to never stop listening."
The star has faced criticism for working with Allen, 82, and for not addressing the sexual abuse allegations made against the director by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, reports the New York Post.
Winslet alluded to her critics being part of the problem.
"Those who do have a voice are becoming afraid to say anything, because of intense scrutiny and criticism," she said. "Nobody should be exempt of having a right to speak in support of vulnerable people. There are those who can speak so powerfully for those who are not able to do so themselves, and let us please not make this about which people express public regret."
Recent Allen collaborators Rebecca Hall and Timothée Chalamet have vowed to donate their profits from A Rainy Day in New York to Time's Up and other sexual assault survivor causes, while other stars, including Colin Firth, Mira Sorvino and Greta Gerwig have publicly stated they regret having worked with Allen and will refrain from doing so in the future.
Over the weekend, it was revealed that A Rainy Day in New York , which also stars Selena Gomez, may never see the light of the day, with sources telling The New York Times that Amazon is reconsidering its relationship with the auteur.
In September, Winslet gushed about working with Allen and Roman Polanski, who has been exiled from America since 1978 after being convicted of sexually assaulting then-13-year-old Samantha Geimer.
"Of course one thinks about [the allegations]. 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 just 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. Woody Allen is an incredible director. So is Roman Polanski," she said at the time. "I had an extraordinary working experience with both of those men, and that's the truth."
A month later, Winslet said she'd rather not have "a difficult discussion" regarding the allegations against Allen, but changed her tune somewhat in November, when she told the Los Angeles Times, "At the end of the day, you look at the facts. He's an 81-year-old man who went through a two-year court case. As far as I know, he wasn't convicted of anything. I'm an actor; he's a director. I don't know his family. I've heard and read exactly what you've heard and read. I know as much as you do. That's all I can say."
This story was originally published in the New York Post and is reprinted with permission.