Colin Firth responds to Woody Allen backlash

Actor says that he wouldn't work with Allen again

Colin Firth is the latest star to distance himself from Woody Allen, saying that he wouldn’t work with the controversial director again.

In 1993, Allen was accused by his then seven-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, of sexual assault. Allen has always denied the claims and no charges were brought, with the investigation dropped at the time. The accusations have resurfaced in recent years.

The backlash against Allen has grown recently amid the Me Too and Time’s Up movements against sexual abuse in Hollywood, with stars such as Rebecca HallTimothee ChalametMira Sorvino and Greta Gerwig all speaking out about their regret at having worked with Allen.

Now, Firth – who appeared in Allen’s 2013 film Magic in the Moonlight – has told The Guardian: “I wouldn’t work with him again”.

Woody Allen Dylan Farrow

Woody Allen

Firth’s comments follow a new TV interview by Dylan Farrow in which she spoke about her allegations against Allen. She told CBS News: “Why shouldn’t I feel some sort of outrage that, after all these years of being ignored and disbelieved and tossed aside?”

In response, Woody Allen has accused Farrow of “cynically using” the Time’s Up movementAllen released a statement to CBS News in which he again denied Farrow’s allegations.

“When this claim was first made more than 25 years ago, it was thoroughly investigated by both the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare,” it read. “They both did so many months and independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place.”

It continued to again claim that Mia Farrow, Dylan’s adoptive mother and Allen’s then-wife, had coached the child to “tell the story” because she was angry after having discovered the director’s affair with her other adopted daughter Soon Yi Previn.

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