The world might be in the midst of a pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped Woody Allen from publishing his controversial memoir and spilling a lot of tea while doing so, including a spicy claim about actor Timothee Chalamet.
In his memoir, titled Apropos of Nothing, Allen writes about his childhood and career, as well as those that denounced him after his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow accused him of sexually abusing her as a child.
After Farrow’s op-ed about the abuse claims was published in the Los Angeles Times, Chalamet – who starred in Allen’s 2019 romantic comedy A Rainy Day In New York – announced he’d be donating his entire salary from the film to charities supporting sexual abuse survivors. He also posted a message to Instagram, which read, “I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.”
But according to Allen, Chalamet’s protest against him was purely for Oscars clout. “All the three leads in Rainy Day were excellent and a pleasure to work with,” he wrote in his memoir. “Timothée afterward publicly stated he regretted working with me and was giving the money to charity, but he swore to my sister he needed to do that as he was up for an Oscar for Call Me by Your Name, and he and his agent felt he had a better chance of winning if he denounced me, so he did.”
Ironically, Chalamet didn’t end up winning the Oscar for Best Actor in Call Me by Your Name, and after he spoke out against Allen, many other celebrities who had worked with the director followed suit.
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Woody Allen’s memoir was rooted in controversy even before it hit shelves. Hachette cancelled their book deal with Allen after a staff walkout and his son, Ronan Farrow, slammed the publisher for showing a “lack of ethics and compassion for victims of sexual abuse.”
Despite the memoir being picked up by Arcade Publishing, it has been met with scathing reviews, and even labelled a “shallow exercise in self-pity.”
There has been no word from Timothee Chalamet on Allen’s claims, but I’m guessing he’s quite keen to keep his distance from all the drama.
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