On Saturday, 14 October, 28-year-old actor Griffin Newman took to Twitter to say he regrets accepting a role in Woody Allen’s upcoming 2018 film. “I believe he is guilty,” Newman wrote in a tweet that has since raked up over 4,000 retweets and over 19,000 “likes.” The famed director has been accused of sexually abusing his stepdaughter, Dylan Farrow, daughter of Mia Farrow, but has yet to be reprimanded by Hollywood in the same way Harvey Weinstein has. After divorcing Farrow, Allen married her adoptive daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, in 1997. He was most recently nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay of Blue Jasmine in 2013.
Newman, who currently stars in Amazon’s web comedy series The Tick, recalled going back and forth over whether or not he should quit while filming. “Why didn’t I quit? [. . .] I was a coward,” he tweeted. He followed up with several tweets, sharing how the troubling experience changed his perspective about working in the entertainment industry. “I learned conclusively that I cannot put my career over my morals again,” he stated.
After his initial tweets went viral, Newman clarified that although he has no “evidence” of Allen’s alleged sexual abuse, he chooses to believe Dylan’s written testimony of Allen’s inappropriate behaviour. Interestingly enough, Dylan’s brother, Ronan Farrow, recently penned an investigative report for The New Yorker regarding Harvey Weinstein’s own alleged sexual misconduct.
Read all of Newman’s tweets — which have a wide range of both criticism and praise — ahead.
I need to get this off my chest:
– I worked on Woody Allen’s next movie.
– I believe he is guilty.
– I donated my entire salary to RAINN.
Why didn’t I quit?
– My parents were incredibly proud.
– I felt there things to be gained from the experience on that set.
– I was a coward.
I had been feeling this way for the last month, but the awful continuance revelations of the last week compounded my guilt ten fold.
I’ve been steadfast in what I stand for in my personal life and on Twitter, but would largely take the check and bite my tongue on set.
1. My original tweet made people infer that being on set somehow convinced me of his guilt. No. It just made me feel like a hypocrite.
2. People ask me for evidence of his guilt. I don’t have any. I just read this and know who I want to believe. https://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/01/an-open-letter-from-dylan-farrow/ …
An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow
Dylan Farrow, Woody Allen’s adoptive daughter, speaks out about her experience.
3. “My parents were proud of me” now reads to me like placing blame on them. Not my intent. I take full responsibility for my decisions.
5. I wasn’t tweeting to gain absolution or admiration, I was just looking to air my thoughts. It now grew into something beyond my control.