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Actress Sorvino doesn't want Me Too movement to lose focus

12 January 2018

Sorvino on Wednesday published an open letter to Dylan Farrow, the daughter of filmmaker Woody Allen who has accused her father of sexually molesting her.

Farrow thanked Sorvino for the apology on Twitter, saying, "I am overwhelmed and my gratitude to you can not be expressed sufficiently in words". Sorvino won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1995 for her acclaimed turn in Allen's comedy "Mighty Aphrodite". In an interview with New York Times, the 34-year-old film-maker has declared that she will not work with the "Midnight in Paris" helmer in the future.

Sorvino says that in the aftermath of Weinstein's outing as a sexual predator, and as a man who deliberately worked to derail her career, she reached out to Ronan Farrow. The "Lady Bird" director says that if she knew then what she knows now about the allegations against Allen, she would not have worked with him.

Allen's daughter Farrow has of the anti-harassment initiative, including Gerwig, Blake Lively, Emma Stone, Cate Blanchett and Scarlett Johansson, for continuing to work with her father.

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"It takes courageous concentration and thought, it's not a snap to judgement thing", said Sorvino on the pieces she selects to write, "I've been very careful and thought long and hard before putting out any statements, and it's why I write in written form".

"It is hard to sever ties and denounce your heroes, your benefactors, whom you fondly admired and felt a debt of gratitude toward for your entire career's existence", Sorvino wrote. What I have to say next is not a justification, simply a description of my background with Woody at that time and since.

"I send you love and inclusion and admiration for your courage all this time", Sorvino also wrote, telling Dylan, "I believe you!"

"I was reached out to, as you know, publicly by Peter Jackson and by Terry Zwigoff, which was very courageous of them both". I believe you! I am grateful to you and admire your integrity and bravery, one woman who has had to stand virtually alone all these years speaking her painful truth.

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"I can only speak for myself and what I've come to is this: if I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film", Gerwig said in a roundtable discussion for the New York Times. "Good for him that he goes, because if not, he has to meet me, and I will kill the motherf-er". "To those who have already taken a stand and amplified my voice with theirs, there is a 7-year-old girl inside of me who thanks you from the bottom of her heart".

Actors such as Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page, David Krumholtz, and Griffin Newman have all come forward in recent months to talk about their regrets over working with Woody Allen.

You can read Sorvino's full letter at HuffPost.

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Actress Sorvino doesn't want Me Too movement to lose focus