Mira Sorvino Apologizes to Dylan Farrow For Working With Woody Allen 

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Though Harvey Weinstein and an
astonishing number
of alleged abusers are falling in
entertainment and media, Woody Allen has largely escaped
critique
from the people who have worked with him. His
alleged victim, daughter Dylan Farrow, has
asked
why the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up hasn’t
encompassed her story; it’s starting to.

On Tuesday, director and actress Greta Gerwig released a
statement on having worked with Allen in 2012, after facing a
number of questions about it from the press while promoting her
film Lady Bird. She
apologized
to Farrow for increasing “another woman’s pain.”
Farrow appears to have accepted the apology:

On Thursday, Mira Sorvino, who
discovered
that her own career was stymied by Weinstein in
retribution for rejecting his sexual advances, offered her own
apology to Farrow in an
open letter
on HuffPost. Sorvino writes that this is just
the first of “several apologies” she will be making, and
includes Allen’s former wife Mia Farrow in the number of people
she regrets disbelieving.

At the time she filmed Mighty Aphrodite, Sorvino says
that she was young and willing to believe that the accusations
against Allen were trumped up because of an ugly custody
battle. She explains that she grew up worshipping Allen, which
she says is not a “justification, simply a description of my
background with Woody at that time and since.”

Eventually, she writes, when speaking to Ronan Farrow for the
Weinstein exposé, she asked for more information on Dylan’s
case, and he directed her to “publicly available details of the
case” which she admitted she’d been unaware of. After reading
them, Sorvino came to believe Farrow’s story:

I am so sorry, Dylan! I cannot begin to imagine how you have
felt, all these years as you watched someone you called out
as having hurt you as a child, a vulnerable little girl in
his care, be lauded again and again, including by me and
countless others in Hollywood who praised him and ignored
you. As a mother and a woman, this breaks my heart for you. I
am so, so sorry!

We are in a day and age when everything must be re-examined.
This kind of abuse cannot be allowed to continue. If this
means tearing down all the old gods, so be it. The cognitive
dissonance, the denial and cowardice that spare us painful
truths and prevent us from acting in defense of innocent
victims while allowing “beloved” individuals to continue
their heinous behavior must be jettisoned from the bottom of
our souls. Even if you love someone, if you learn they may
have committed these despicable acts, they must be exposed
and condemned, and this exposure must have consequences. I
will never work with him again.

Farrow appears to have accepted Sorvino’s apology:

Previously, The Tick’s Griffin Newman
came forward
to say he regretted working with Allen, and
donated his salary from Allen’s film to RAINN; Ellen Page has

admitted
that working with Allen was an “awful mistake.”

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