Speaking at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards on Sunday, where she was honored with the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film, the actress said in her acceptance speech:
“I wouldn’t be able to stand here this evening, and keep to myself some bitter regrets that I have at poor decisions to work with individuals with whom I wish I had not.”
As we reported, the 42-year-old has been criticized for starring in Allen’s upcoming film Wonder Wheel — a role she has relentlessly gushed over throughout awards campaign season, along the filmmaker’s “genius,” while remaining silent on the accusations that have long surrounded the director.
But now that Dylan Farrow‘s molestation claims have taken on new life with the help of the #MeToo movement, Kate is finally singing a different, Times’ Up-friendly tune.
After taking a second to regain her composure, she continued:
“It has become clear to me that by not saying anything, I might be adding to the anguish of many courageous women and men. Sexual abuse is a crime. While it rests with the rule of law to pass judgement, it lies with all of us to listen to the smallest of voices and to never stop listening.”
There! Was that so hard, Kate?
She didn’t even reference the director by name — let alone denounce his body of work — but simply addressing the social issues surrounding her working with Allen was enough for supporters of the #MeToo movement:
kate winslet publicly admitting the mistake she made by working with a sexual predator and apologizing for it
Kate capped off the statement with this:
“[…] and let us please not make this about which people express public regret.”
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