Mira Sorvino, who took home an Academy Award for her starring role in Woody Allen’s “Mighty Aphrodite,” has joined other veterans of Allen films who say they will no longer work with the filmmaker, amid decades-old allegations of child molestation.
“I will never work with him again,” Sorvino, 50, wrote in a HuffPost essay Wednesday in which she also apologized to Dylan Farrow, 32, Allen’s adoptive daughter. Farrow has asserted that Allen molested her when she was a child in the early 1990s. The filmmaker has denied the accusation, and a 14-month investigation by the New York State Department of Social Services determined in 1993 that, “No credible evidence was found that the child named in this report has been abused or maltreated,” and that the allegations were “unfounded.”
“I am overwhelmed and my gratitude to you cannot be expressed sufficiently in words,” Farrow, 32, tweeted Thursday in response. “This letter is beautiful and I will carry your words with me. Your courage has been boundless and your activism an example for us all. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”
“Thank you . . . I am so deeply happy that you felt good about it,” Sorvino replied.
The actress wrote that while she “never personally experienced what has now been described as inappropriate behavior toward young girls,” she regretted “my turning a blind eye to your story simply because I wanted desperately for it not to be so.” She added, “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.”
In a 2014 New York Times open letter, Dylan Farrow asserted the molestation occurred, renewing attention to the claim. In recent weeks, some performers from Allen films, including Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page of “To Rome with Love” (2012) and David Krumholtz of “Wonder Wheel” (2017), have concurred with her and said they regret working with him.
Meanwhile, the actress spoke to TV critics at their winter press tour Thursday and said she hopes the Me Too movement keeps its focus on sexual harassment and doesn’t turn into a general women’s rights movement.
Sorvino is one of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, saying her career was hurt when she spurned his advances in 1995.