The allegations of sexual harassment and assault against film producer Harvey Weinstein have helped open the door for more women to come forward with their own traumatic experiences. It's also helped to ignite an important discussion about Hollywood's dirty secrets, and how powerful men are better able to get away with these types of assaults because of the fear of being blacklisted by the industry.
On October 15, actor Griffin Newman made a statement on Twitter expressing his regret over participating in a recent film by a well-known director who faced his own despicable allegations.
Griffin Newman is an actor best known for playing Arthur Everest in "The Tick."
Newman recently wrapped a new, unannounced project by a legendary filmmaker who, like Weinstein, is surrounded by his own fair share of sexual assault-based controversy: Woody Allen.
In February of 2014, Mia Farrow's daughter Dylan Farrow wrote an open letter to her stepfather Woody Allen.
In the shocking piece, Farrow discussed the ways the Hollywood icon had abused her at just seven years old.
“He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set,” said Farrow.
“Then he sexually assaulted me.”
"After a custody hearing denied my father visitation rights, my mother declined to pursue criminal charges, despite findings of probable cause by the State of Connecticut – due to, in the words of the prosecutor, the fragility of the “child victim,”' Farrow said.
“Woody Allen was never convicted of any crime,” she added.
“That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up. I was stricken with guilt that I had allowed him to be near other little girls. I was terrified of being touched by men. I developed an eating disorder. I began cutting myself.”
Farrow also called out several Hollywood superstars who appeared in Allen's films for their silence.
“What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson?
You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?”
It was these allegations that prompted Newman's series of powerful tweets.
He begins the thread with a few straightforward statements.
“I believe he is guilty,” he said.
So what did Newman do with his overwhelming guilt? He donated his entire salary from the film to RAINN.
But that wasn’t all…