With Hollywood still reeling from the very public outing of mega-producer Harvey Weinstein amid allegations of sexual harassment and assault, the spotlight has now begun to shift to others in the community. Many are questioning why Weinstein has been ostracized yet directors like Roman Polanski and Woody Allen are still accepted.
Now, one actor has stepped forward to publically denounce his recent work with Allen, going to extraordinary lengths to make amends.
Actor Griffin Newman has a small role in Allen’s new untitled film which is currently in production around New York City and New Jersey.
Over the weekend, Newman sent a long string of tweets explaining how he believes Allen is guilty of sexually abusing his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, as she has alleged.
Griffin went on to explain that he believed this before even taking the role but continued anyway as he believed making the film would be a learning experience.
He also stated that his parents were immensely proud of him for working in the film and explains how he has spent years as a struggling actor ignoring his instincts in favor of gaining work experience.
Griffin revealed that he has donated his entire salary from the film to the charity RAINN — the Rape, Abuse, And Incest National Network.
After two days of receiving the kind of hateful vitriol that Twitter has become known for, Griffin announced he would be taking a week-long absence from the social media platform.
It’s important to note that Griffin’s initial announcement actually came before Allen made his own remarks regarding the Weinstein scandal.
Allen said in an interview with the BBC that the situation was “sad” for everyone involved and hoped that it wouldn’t turn into a “witch hunt.” Since then, Allen has clarified to specify that he meant that Weinstein himself was a “sad, sick man.”