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Mira Sorvino joins Greta Gerwig in severing ties with Woody Allen

Mira Sorvino. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Mira Sorvino. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

“I will never work with him again,” actress Mira Sorvino declared on Thursday, joining the growing list of actresses now refusing to collaborate with Woody Allen.

Sorvino, who won an Oscar for her role in Allen’s 1995 comedy, “Mighty Aphrodite,” made the declaration on the heels of “Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig’s public departure from the revered filmmaker this week.

Sorvino, who was among the first to publicly accuse producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, characterized her decision as an “irrevocable break.”

Both Sorvino and Gerwig, speaking in context of the #MeToo movement, cited the decades-old sexual abuse allegations levied at the four-time Oscar-winning director by his daughter, Dylan Farrow.

Farrow has long claimed that Allen molested her when she was 7. Allen, 82, has denied those allegations, which have dogged him since his 1992 split from actress Mia Farrow.

In an open letter addressed to Dylan Farrow and published Thursday, Sorvino expressed her belief in and support of Dylan Farrow, who spoke publicly about the alleged abuse in a 2014 op-ed for the New York Times and more recently —  in the throes of #MeToo — in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times.

It should be noted that her brother, journalist Ronan Farrow, was instrumental in the takedown of Weinstein and directed Sorvino to public details about Dylan Farrow’s case against Allen.

“I confess that at the time I worked for Woody Allen, I was a naive young actress,” Sorvino wrote for 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.”

Sorvino said she was “friendly but not close” with Allen and “in no way did he ever overstep his bounds” with her. 

“I never personally experienced what has now been described as inappropriate behavior toward young girls. But this does not excuse my turning a blind eye to your story simply because I wanted desperately for it not to be so,” she wrote.

“It is difficult to sever ties and denounce your heroes, your benefactors, whom you fondly admired and felt a debt of gratitude toward for your entire career’s existence,” Sorvino continued. “To decide, although they may be fantastically talented and helped you enormously, that you believe they have done things for which there can be no excuse. But that is where we stand today.”

Responding to Sorvino’s letter on Twitter, Farrow praised the actress and rallied supporters of the Time’s Up campaign to “help convert this moment to a movement.”

“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,” Farrow tweeted.

Meanwhile, Gerwig, who starred in Allen’s “To Rome With Love,” came under fire for evading a question about the filmmaker at Sunday’s Golden Globes. She then publicized her regret for working with him during an online discussion hosted by the New York Times on Tuesday.

“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. I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again,” she said.

Gerwig also mentioned Farrow’s two op-eds, one of which called her out, as well as Kate Winslet and Blake Lively, as supporters of the #MeToo movement who continued to professionally back the embattled director.

“Dylan Farrow’s two different pieces made me realize that I had increased another woman’s pain, and I was heartbroken by that realization,” Gerwig said. “I grew up on his movies, and they have informed me as an artist, and I cannot change that fact now, but I can make different decisions moving forward.”

In November, Gerwig’s costar Ellen Page said her decision to work with Allen was “the biggest regret” of her career. “I am ashamed I did this,” she wrote on Facebook.

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