Actor Timothée Chalamet has promised to donate his salary from an upcoming Woody Allen film to charity, saying that he doesn’t want to “profit” from working with the controversial director.
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 resurfaced when Farrow wrote an open letter in 2014 restating them, and again in 2016 when Allen’s son Ronan Farrow – now a journalist – wrote extensively about the situation.
In an Instagram post on Monday night, Chalamet – who stars in Allen’s upcoming A Rainy Day in New York – said that the past year has “changed the way I see and feel about so many things”.
“I am learning that a good role isn’t the only criteria for accepting a job – that has become much clearer to me in the past few months, having witnessed the birth of a powerful movement intent on ending injustice, inequality and above all, silence,” he wrote.
“I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer. I’m not able to answer the question directly because of contractual obligations. But what I can say is this: I don’t want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary to three charities: Time’s Up, the LGBT Centre in New York, and Rainn [the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network].”
Chalamet added: “I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all the people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.”
Earlier this week, another star of Allen’s upcoming film A Rainy Day in New York, Rebecca Hall also pledged to donate her salary to the Time’s Up movement.
A Rainy Day in New York stars Chalamet and Hall alongside an all-star cast that includes Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Jude Law, Diego Luna and Liev Schreiber.