Rebecca Hall donates salary from Woody Allen film to 'Time's Up' campaign

Actress Rebecca Hall has said she has donated her salary from an upcoming Woody Allen film to the “Time’s Up” fund which aims to combat sexual harassment.

Hall, who appears in the film A Rainy Day in New York, explained that she made the decision after reading statements from Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow.

“My actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed,” Hall wrote on Instagram. “That is not something that sits easily with me in the current or indeed any moment, and I am profoundly sorry.”

“It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation but I’ve donated my wage to Times Up,” she continued. “I’ve also signed up, will continue to donate, and look forward to working with and being part of this positive movement towards change not just in Hollywood but hopefully everywhere.”

The day after the Weinstein accusation broke in full force I was shooting a day of work on Woody Allen’s latest movie in New York. I couldn’t have imagined somewhere stranger to be that day. When asked to do so, some seven months ago, I quickly said yes. He gave me one of my first significant roles in film for which I have always been grateful, it was one day in my hometown – easy. I have, however subsequently realized there is nothing easy about any of this. In the weeks following I have thought very deeply about this decision, and remain conflicted and saddened. After reading and re-reading Dylan Farrow’s statements of a few days ago and going back and reading the older ones – I see, not only how complicated this matter is, but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed. That is not something that sits easily with me in the current or indeed any moment, and I am profoundly sorry. I regret this decision and wouldn’t make the same one today. It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation but I’ve donated my wage to @timesup. I’ve also signed up, will continue to donate, and look forward to working with and being part of this positive movement towards change not just in Hollywood but hopefully everywhere. #timesup

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As the #MeToo movement has gained momentum in Hollywood, attention has focused once again on the allegations by Farrow against Allen, who has continued to make films starring prominent actors in the years since she accused him of molesting her.

In 1992, Allen’s former partner Mia Farrow contacted authorities after her daughter allegedly described sexual abuse by the director. Though Allen has repeatedly denied the allegations and was not criminally charged, Farrow was granted with full custody after a judge found Dylan’s testimony to be credible. 

Hall’s announcement arrived the day after actress Mira Sorvino wrote an open letter to Farrow apologising for acting in one of Allen’s films in the 1990s.

“I confess that at the time I worked for Woody Allen I was a naive young actress,” Sorvino wrote in The Huffington Post. “I swallowed the media’s portrayal of your abuse allegations against your father as an outgrowth of a twisted custody battle between Mia Farrow and him, and did not look further into the situation, for which I am terribly sorry. For this I also owe an apology to Mia.”

The “Time’s Up” legal defence fund was set up by women in the entertainment industry to provide support to victims of sexual harassment at work, and has raised more than $16 million so far.

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