As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Kate Winslet recently spoke out against the culture of sexual harassment in Hollywood, saying at the London Critics’ Circle awards on Sunday that she has “bitter regrets” over the “poor decisions” she made in working with certain certain “directors, producers, and men of power.” That’s as specific as she went with it, but as THR notes, Winslet has worked with both Woody Allen and Harvey Weinstein in the past.
If Winslet is talking about Allen, though, it would indicate that she’s had a notable change of heart from the last time she talked about her Wonder Wheel director. Back at the beginning of December, Winslet explained that she didn’t “know anything” about what had happened between Allen and Dylan Farrow—his adopted daughter who has maintained that he molested her when she was a child. On top of that, Winslet said Allen is an “incredible director” like Roman Polanski, who she worked with on Carnage in 2011. (Polanski, of course, pled guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl in 1979.)
Winslet even joked that “on some level Woody is a woman” because of all the memorable female characters he’s written, which is the kind of thing you shouldn’t say about a man unless you know for a fact that he hasn’t been followed by sexual assault allegations for many years. It seems like Winslet has done some Googling in the last few weeks, though, adding in her London Critics’ Circle comments that she has realized she “might be adding to the anguish of many courageous women and men” by not speaking up, and that “while it rests with the rule of law to pass judgment, it lies with all of us to listen to the smallest of voices and to never stop listening.”