Greta Gerwig has condemned Woody Allen, telling the New York Times‘ Frank Bruni she regrets working with the filmmaker on 2012’s To Rome With Love.
Allen was accused of molesting his daughter Dylan Farrow when she was a child in 1992, claims Allen has long denied. Recently, Farrow called out Gerwig along with other prominent actresses like Blake Lively and Kate Winslet for working with Allen.
“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 said to Bruni when the subject of Allen was broached. “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. Dylan Farrow’s two different pieces made me realize that I increased another woman’s pain, and I was heartbroken by that realization. I grew up on his movies, and they have informed me as an artist, and I cannot change that fact now, but I can make different decisions moving forward.” (Farrow wrote the pieces cited by Gerwig for the New York Times in 2014 and the Los Angeles Times last year.)
In response to Gerwig’s statement, Farrow offered her thanks to the actress via Twitter. “Greta, thank you for your voice. Thank you for your words. Please know they are deeply felt and appreciated.”
The comments made by Gerwig came two days after the Golden Globes, where she was asked about working with Allen.
“Well, I’m so thrilled to be here tonight as a writer and director and creator and to be making my own movies and putting that forth, and it’s something I’ve thought deeply about and I care deeply about and I haven’t had an opportunity to have an in-depth discussion where I come down on one side or the other, but I definitely take it to my heart,” Gerwig told press backstage after her film Lady Bird won two awards, including best musical or comedy. “My job is to be a writer-director and to be that person and to tell these stories.”
Gerwig was previously asked about Allen during an interview with NPR’s Terry Gross last November. “It’s all very difficult to talk about because I think I and other women — we’ve — feel that this moment has been a long time in coming and also feeling terrified that we’re going to now say the wrong thing. And I think you can even see in the way that certain women have been attacked, even since taking a brave step of coming forward, and how they’ve been torn down or questioned their motives or why didn’t they say something — and just this fear that you’re going to somehow address this not correctly — and I think it’s a… I think I’m living in that space of fear of being worried about how I talk about it and what I say.”
The actress is the latest person to distance themselves from work they’ve done with Allen, following her fellow To Rome With Love costar Ellen Page, as well as The Tick actor Griffin Newman and The Deuce costar David Krumholtz.
Allen has repeatedly denied Farrow’s allegations, writing in a 2014 piece published by The New York Times, “Of course, I did not molest Dylan.”
After the publication of Farrow’s Los Angeles Times piece last year, Allen had no comment, but his representative did release the following statement to EW: “Dylan Farrow’s allegations against Woody Allen, which she first made 25 years ago, have been thoroughly examined by law enforcement officials and child welfare investigators. The investigators concluded unambiguously that Dylan Farrow was not sexually abused. No charges were ever filed, and the reason is simple: because Woody Allen is innocent.”
— Reporting by Maureen Lee Lenker