Woody Allen has accused Timothée Chalamet of denouncing him to boost his chances of winning an Oscar.
In his new memoir, Apropos of Nothing, the 84-year-old filmmaker — who has repeatedly denied allegations he molested former partner Mia Farrow's adopted daughter Dylan — says the 24-year-old star of his most recent movie A Rainy Day in New York publicly denounced him after production ended in a bid to boost his chances at winning an Oscar for his performance in Luca Guadagnino's 2017 drama Call Me By Your Name.
"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."
Chalamet, who ultimately lost out on Best Actor to Darkest Hour's Gary Oldman, donated his fee for the film to Time's Up, The LGBT Center in New York City, and RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), while co-stars Rebecca Hall and Gomez made donations to Time's Up and their legal defense fund.
(For the record, Chalamet's Oscar nomination for Call Me by Your Name was announced on Jan 23, 2018 — eight days after he's already declared that he would donate his Rainy Day paycheck to said charities.)
Still, "All three leads in Rainy Day were excellent and a pleasure to work with," said Allen of Chalamet and co-stars Elle Fanning and Selena Gomez.
The filmmaker praised Fanning for her "honest" reply when she was asked to speak out against him. He said: "Elle is simply a great natural talent like [Diane] Keaton. When reporters pressured her, trying hard to get her to say she regretted working with me, she told them she wasn't even born when the allegation was made and has no opinion. An honest reply."
A Rainy Day in New York was never been screened in the US and original distributor Amazon terminated its four-film deal with Allen and scrapped the release of Rainy Day.
Allen said: "I still can't figure out how they could be so utterly convinced. Their gesture might've been meaningful if indeed I were guilty of something, but since I was not, they were just persecuting an innocent man and helping to confirm Dylan's implanted memory." — BANG