Mira Sorvino recently discovered her suspicions that Harvey Weinstein squashed her career may have been justified after director Peter Jackson alleged he was warned by the producer not to hire her and Ashley Judd (accusations that Weinstein has denied).
Now, Sorvino is looking back with regret on a project from early in her career, which also earned her an Oscar — her breakthrough role in Woody Allen’s 1995 comedy “Mighty Aphrodite”.
Sorvino, 50, now admits that she wishes she hadn’t worked with Allen, at the time ignoring allegations of the director’s daughter, Dylan Farrow, that she was molested by her father, and is apologizing for working with Allen in an open letter to Farrow.
“I confess that at the time I worked for Woody Allen I was a naive young actress,” Sorvino wrote in an open letter for 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.”
While Sorvino writes that she never experienced any inappropriate behaviour while working with 82-year-old Allen, she realizes the temptation to work with the acclaimed director of such films as “Manhattan” and “Annie Hall” saw her “turning a blind eye” to Farrow’s allegations.
“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 adds. “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.
“I am sorry it has taken me a few weeks to come out in support of you…but it has been a process for me to own this truth and make this irrevocable break. I send you love and inclusion and admiration for your courage all this time. I believe you!!! I am grateful to you and admire your integrity and bravery, one woman who has had to stand virtually alone all these years speaking her painful truth. You are a true hero, and I stand with you.”
The same day her letter was published, Sorvino elaborated on her stance during a panel for her new TV series, “Condor”, during the TV Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.
“I am very excited that this movement of #MeToo and Time’s Up is taking place,” she said. “Not only for myself, but honestly for my daughters, because I cannot stand the idea that they would have to suffer” through the kind of treatment that she and so many other women have endured.
“It’s a wonderful awakening time. As moral human beings, no one should be abused in the workplace or in their home. Sexual politics have no place in power dynamics,” said Sorvino. “Our lives have to become more equitable in every way.”
However, Sorvino also cautions about lumping together other general issues in the women’s movement — such as salary parity — with issues involving sexual harassment and sexual abuse.
“We cannot leave the voices of victims of abuse and harassment behind,” she added. “We have to rise together.”