Alec Baldwin has criticised actors for expressing regret over working with Woody Allen, saying his time working with the director was “a privilege”.
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. Last year, Farrow wrote an opinion piece for The LA Times asking why the #MeToo movement had not yet put him under the same scrutiny as the likes of Harvey Weinstein.
Since then, more stars have begun to speak out against Allen. Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig, who worked with him on 2012’s To Rome With Love, expressed regret and said she would “not work for him again“. Rebecca Hall and Timothée Chalamet, who star in Allen’s next film A Rainy Day In New York, have both said they are donating their fees for their appearances to charity.
Earlier today (January 16), Baldwin tweeted in defence of Allen from his Alec Baldwin Foundation account. “Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed,” he wrote.
He added that while he thought “the renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose,” he said he felt it was “unfair and sad”. “I worked w WA 3 times and it was one of the privileges of my career.”
Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed. The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose. But it’s unfair and sad to me. I worked w WA 3 times and it was one of the privileges of my career.
— HABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) January 16, 2018
Baldwin’s work with Allen includes appearances in the films To Rome With Love and Blue Jasmine (2013).
Meanwhile, Selena Gomez‘s mother has revealed that she had warned the star against working with Allen and that her advice fell “on deaf ears”. The singer/actor stars opposite Chalamet in A Rainy Day In New York, which also features Elle Fanning, Jude Law, Liev Schreiber and more.