Actress Mira Sorvino has promised to never work with Woody Allen again, and in an open letter to Allen’s daughter, Dylan Farrow, expressed deep regret over her decision to work with him on his 1995 film Mighty Aphrodite. Farrow has long said that Allen molested her when she was just seven years old, an accusation that Allen continues to deny.
“I confess that at the time I worked for Woody Allen I was a naive young actress. 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,” wrote Sorvino, who explained that she had grown up idolizing Allen for his ability as a writer and director, and that she had “[turned] a blind eye” to the accusations surrounding him “simply because I wanted desperately for it not to be so.”
It was only after Sorvino gave an interview to Dylan’s brother, Ronan, who published her sexual harassment accusations against Harvey Weinstein in an explosive exposé for The New Yorker, that she really began questioning Allen’s claim that his then-girlfriend Mia Farrow had gone crazy and brainwashed her child into claiming that he molested her. Ronan has previously written about how Allen’s powerful media connections allegedly helped quash his sister’s account of events — and how even at 5 years old he had been disturbed by his “father’s strange behavior around her.” Sorvino said she spoke with Ronan about wanting to learn more about what had happened, and that after he pointed her to “publicly available details of the case I had ruefully never known of” she began to suspect that Dylan had “been telling the truth all along.”
“I am so sorry, Dylan!” wrote Sorvino. “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. As a mother and a woman, this breaks my heart for you. I am so, so sorry!”
On Tuesday, Lady Bird writer and director Greta Gerwig also expressed regret over working with Allen, telling The New York Times that she regretted working with Allen on the 2012 film To Rome With Love, and that she would never work for him again. In November, actress Ellen Page also spoke out about working with Allen on the same film, calling the decision “the biggest regret of my career.”