Griffin Newman, who stars in Amazon's The Tick as sidekick Arthur Everest, has a role in the upcoming Woody Allen movie, Untitled Woody Allen Project (not the final name). Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Jude Law, Diego Luna, and Liev Schreiber also star in the film, which is set for a 2018 release window. But though the movie doesn't even have a title left, Newman already regrets signing on, as he announced on Twitter in the course of a two-day series of tweets expressing how he decided to accept the part even though he believes Woody Allen is guilty of child sexual abuse allegations, and what he's doing to atone for the decision. Newman has donated his entire salary to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN).
Newman's statements must be taken in the context of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which has seen accusation after accusation of rape and sexual harassment pile up against the disgraced Hollywood producer. Allen, who has been dogged by allegations by his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, that he molested her, commented on the Weinstein scandal, expressing sympathy for both Weinstein and the victims of his alleged behavior, and hoping that the backlash against alleged sexual abusers does not become a "witch hunt."
Newman's tweets began before Allen's statement on Weinstein. He described his decision to work with Allen despite believing he was guilty as something he felt guilty about immediately. As his tweets were shared widely, Newman says that he received blowback both from people upset that he made the decision to work with Allen and people upset that he believes Allen is guilty. After two days of tweeting, Newman said he was taking a break from Twitter for a week.
Read the tweets in full below (h/t AV Club):