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Mira Sorvino: I am terribly sorry for working with Woody Allen

Mira Sorvino, pictured this week.
Mira Sorvino, pictured this week. She wrote: ‘As a mother and a woman, this breaks my heart for you.’ Photograph: Buchan/Variety/Rex/Shutterstock

Mira Sorvino has penned an open letter to Woody Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow to express regret over starring in his 1995 comedy Mighty Aphrodite.

The actor, who won an Oscar for her role as a prostitute in the film, has confessed to being “terribly sorry” for taking on the part and has stated that she will never work with him again.

“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,” Sorvino wrote for the Huffington Post. “As a mother and a woman, this breaks my heart for you. I am so, so sorry!”

Last year, Sorvino was one of the many women in Hollywood who spoke to Ronan Farrow about her experiences with Harvey Weinstein. “I told him I wanted to learn more about you and your situation,” she wrote. “He pointed me toward publicly available details of the case I had ruefully never known of, which made me begin to feel the evidence strongly supported your story. That you have been telling the truth all along.”

Mira Sorvino and Woody Allen in Mighty Aphrodite.
Mira Sorvino and Woody Allen in Mighty Aphrodite. Photograph: Allstar/Miramax

In December, Dylan Farrow wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times about her frustration with the hypocrisy of an industry that is now recognizing victims of sexual abuse yet refusing to validate her claims that Allen sexually assaulted her as a child. “The truth is hard to deny but easy to ignore,” she wrote. “It breaks my heart when women and men I admire work with Allen, then refuse to answer questions about it.”

In response to Sorvino’s piece, Farrow tweeted that she was “overwhelmed” with the “beautiful” letter.

The letter arrives after a number of other actors who have worked with Allen have also shared similar feelings. Last year, Ellen Page shared a Facebook post expressing regret while in the last week, actors David Krumholtz and Greta Gerwig have also claimed to feel guilt over their films with Allen.

“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 discusion for the New York Times. “I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again.”

Allen’s next film A Rainy Day in New York stars Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall, Liev Schreiber and Diego Luna.

This article titled "Mira Sorvino: I am terribly sorry for working with Woody Allen" was written by Guardian staff, for theguardian.com on Thursday 11 January 2018 07.32pm

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