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Sexual harassment and assault

Kate Winslet, star of Woody Allen film, has ‘bitter regrets’ over working with particular Hollywood ‘men of power’

Without naming Woody Allen, from whom fellow stars have distanced themselves amid a sexual assault allegation, actress admits she cannot keep to herself regrets she has ‘about poor decisions to work with individuals’

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 January, 2018, 11:09am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 January, 2018, 11:09am

Kate Winslet has finally admitted she regrets working with Woody Allen – sort of.

The actress has stayed noticeably tight-lipped as many of the famed director’s stars have come out against him in the shadow of a resurfaced sexual assault accusation.

But Winslet – who starred in Allen’s most recent film, Wonder Wheel – has been careful to tiptoe around badmouthing her director, even with his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow’s claims that Allen molested her as a child looming.

Winslet broke her silence on Sunday in her acceptance speech at the London Critics’ Circle film awards, telling the crowd she has “bitter regrets” over working with unnamed Hollywood folk.

“As women around the world and from all walks of life marched last weekend, 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,” she said.

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“It has become clear to me that by not saying anything, I might be adding to the anguish of many courageous women and men … There are directors, producers and men of power who have for decades been awarded and applauded for their highly regarded work by both this industry and film-goers alike.”

The British star’s veiled dig at Allen comes as many of the director’s stars have denounced his behaviour, vowed never to work with him again and, in some cases, donated their entire salaries to causes.

Timothée Chalamet, set to star in the upcoming A Rainy Day in New York, recently pledged to donate his entire salary to the Time’s Up campaign against workplace sexual harassment, The LGBT Centre in New York and RAINN, while Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig promised never to work with Allen again.

Winslet’s public takedown of Harvey Weinstein – and, in nearly the same breath, praise of Allen – was called out directly by Farrow in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times called, “Why has the #MeToo revolution spared Woody Allen?”

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In multiple interviews, Winslet either heaped praise on Allen or reluctantly attempted to skirt around the topic.

“It’s just a difficult discussion. I’d rather respectfully not enter it today,” she told Variety in October. “We’re always as actors going to say the wrong thing. I think it’s better to respectfully step away from the discussion.”

Then, while promoting Wonder Wheel in December, she told The New York Times she was unaware of any family history of Allen’s, and emphasised a need to ignore the personal lives of colleagues.

“As the actor in the film, you just have to step away and say, I don’t know anything, really, and whether any of it is true or false. Having thought it all through, you put it to one side and just work with the person. Woody Allen is an incredible director,” she said.

Allen was never convicted of a crime, and has repeatedly denied Farrow’s claims of sexual assault.