Kate Winslet has been criticised for working with director Woody Allen, who is accused of sexually assaulting his daughter Dylan Farrow.
In the past she’s defended her decision or opted not to discuss the issue entirely, but the Academy Award winner, who starred in his 2017 movie Wonder Wheel, has apparently had a change of heart.
Accepting an award for excellence in the film industry at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards over the weekend, Winslet admitted she regrets working with certain people in the industry.
“As women around the world and from all walks of life marched last weekend, once again joining together to speak out against harassment, exploitation and abuse, I realised that I wouldn’t be able to stand here this evening and keep to myself some bitter regrets that I have about poor decisions to work with individuals with whom I wish I had not,” Winslet said.
While she didn’t refer to anyone by name, reading between the lines of her speech, the comments seem to be about Allen, since Dylan Farrow has publicly expressed the hurt it causes her when actors work with her alleged abuser father.
“It has become clear to me that by not saying anything, I might be adding to the anguish of many courageous women and men.
“Sexual abuse is a crime. While it rests with the rule of law to pass judgement, it lies with all of us to listen to the smallest of voices and to never stop listening. Also those who do have a voice are becoming afraid to say anything, because of intense scrutiny and criticism.”
Paying tribute to the Time’s Up movement, the Brit added:
“The Time’s Up movement that will enable anyone to get professional support to fight back against predators and all forms of abuse and to address the complex problems of inequality and abuse of power in the workplace also now exists.
“I know we all stand together in hoping that this moment in history paves the way for a transformed future for generation upon generation upon generation to come.”
Winslet has also been professionally associated with Harvey Weinstein. She won the Best Actress Oscar in 2009 for The Reader, a film he financed.
The future of Allen’s upcoming film A Rainy Day In New York is reportedly in doubt due to the allegations against him. Several of the film’s stars, including Timothee Chamalet, have donated the salaries they earned from the movie to charity.