Rebecca Hall is giving back the salary she earned for appearing in an upcoming Woody Allen movie.
The London-born actress, 35, said in an Instagram post Friday that she’s donating the money she earned from A Rainy Day in New York to the newly-formed Time’s Up coalition, formed by entertainers in the wake of dozens of high-powered men in show business facing accusations of sexual assault, harassment and misconduct.
Hall’s move comes in response to criticisms of Hollywood hypocrisy from Dylan Farrow, who alleges that ‘the director sexually molested her when she was seven-years-old and his adopted daughter.’
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Dirty money? Actress Rebecca Hall, 35, (L) is giving back the salary she earned for appearing in an upcoming film from Woody Allen, 82, (R) to the Time’s Up movement, amid an ongoing trend of performers disavowing the filmmaker
Allen has denied the allegations – that made international headlines amid his parting from Mia Farrow in 1992 – for more than 25 years. While the director was never charged with a crime, prosecutors in Connecticut – where the alleged molestation took place – said that a criminal case was not pursued to spare Dylan the trauma, despite the existence of probable cause.
Hall said that she was working on Allen’s forthcoming film in early October as the accusations against Allen’s colleague and friend Harvey Weinstein had just hit the headlines.
‘I couldn’t have imagined somewhere stranger to be that day, said Hall, who explained her rationale for taking the role in the first place.
Hall noted that she was ‘grateful’ toward Allen, who had given her one of her ‘first significant roles in film’ in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the 2008 film for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.
Hall said that her work in A Rainy Day in New York was ‘easy,’ constituting ‘one day in [her] hometown.’
Change of heart: The London-born star said that she decided to donate the money after reviewing an article Dylan Fallow wrote about Allen’s seeming-escape from accountability amid the #MeToo movement. She was snapped in NYC in October
Making a statement: Hall explained the circumstances that led her to take a role in Allen’s upcoming movie, A Rainy Day in New York
She continued: ‘I have, however subsequently realized there is nothing easy about any of this. In the weeks following I have thought very deeply about this decision, and remain conflicted and saddened.’
Hall said she had a change of heart when reading a Los Angeles Times opinion piece Dylan Farrow, now 35, penned last month stating that the #MeToo ‘revolution has been selective,’ and asking why Allen had not suffered the professional reckoning others had.
‘After reading and re-reading Dylan Farrow’s statements of a few days ago and going back and reading the older ones – I see, not only how complicated this matter is, but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed,’ Hall said, adding that she was ‘profoundly sorry,’ ‘regret this decision,’ and ‘wouldn’t make the same one today.’
Squiring: Allen was snapped with stepdaughter-turned-wife Soon-Yi Previn in NYC in 2016
Fall from grace: Allen and friend/colleague Harvey Weinstein were snapped in 2008 in LA. The allegations against Weinstein in October triggered an avalanche of accusations of sexual misconduct against dozens of high-powered men
She noted that her donation was ‘a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation,’ but a first step towards her involvement in the Time’s Up movement.
‘I’ve also signed up, will continue to donate, and look forward to working with and being part of this positive movement towards change not just in Hollywood but hopefully everywhere.’
Hall follows in the steps of other performers who have publicly stated they regret their past work with Allen, including names such as Mira Sorvino, Greta Gerwig, David Krumholtz and Ellen Page.
Speaking out: Dylan Farrow has been unabashed about the hypocrisy of Hollywood stars endorsing anti-sexual misconduct movements while working with Allen. Farrow was snapped in 2016 in NYC
During Sunday’s Golden Globes, a number of Twitter users called out entertainers who had worked with Allen, that had attached themselves to the Time’s Up movement.
Among them were Justin Timberlake, who worked with Allen on Wonder Wheel, and Blake Lively, who was in Allen’s Cafe Society; both have spoke glowingly of the director in interviews.
Dylan, in a recent statement to Buzzfeed, questioned the sincerity of both, and how they can getting behind the Time’s Up cause while championing Allen.