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Here’s another reason to love Call Me By Your Name star Timothée Chalamet. Though he’s appearing in the upcoming Woody Allen film A Rainy Day in New York, he’s donating his salary from that film to charity. The Timothée Chalamet Woody Allen story highlights Chalamet as the first high-profile male star so far to distance himself from the director. Allen has been accused in the past of sexual abuse.
In an Instagram post published Monday, Chalamet announced he will donate his entire salary to three organizations: Time’s Up, the legal fund defending female accusers of sexual misconduct ; the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN); and the LGBT Center in New York.
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Chalamet isn’t the only person who has worked with Allen who is donating their salary. Chalamet’s Rainy Day co-star Rebecca Hall made a similar Instagram post three days ago apologizing for taking the role in Allen’s film and announcing her intention to donate the money she earned from the film to Time’s Up. Similarly Greta Gerwig, director of Lady Bird, and Ellen Page have both recently gone on record as regretting their appearances in the 2012 Allen film To Rome With Love.
The controversy over Allen’s alleged sexual abuse has recently increased. Difficult People, the sadly cancelled Hulu sitcom from Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner had an episode where Julie’s character was trying to work both sides — appearing in a Woody Allen film to boost her career while still trying to protest it. (It didn’t work out well for her.)
Similarly, this year’s Woody Allen film, Wonder Wheel, was widely panned by critics. A number of reviewers commented on the creepy nature of the film, as it’s about a woman who accuses her husband of lusting after her daughter (and his stepdaughter). Actor David Krumholtz, who appeared in Wonder Wheel, tweeted on Jan. 5 that he “deeply regretted” working with Allen.
Though Krumholtz only came forward after Wonder Wheel‘s release, he said that he came forward after finding out about the Princeton archives of unpublished Woody Allen material. According to a Washington Post article, the archive is full of “misogynist and lecherous musings.”