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People Aren't Happy With Kate Winslet After She Defended Working With Woody Allen

"I had an extraordinary working experience with both of those men, and that's the truth," Winslet told the New York Times.

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People are unhappy with Kate Winslet after she gave a New York Times interview in which she defended her decision to work with directors Woody Allen and Roman Polanski.

Winslet stars in Allen's latest film, Wonder Wheel, which is due to be released in December and also stars Justin Timberlake.
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Winslet stars in Allen's latest film, Wonder Wheel, which is due to be released in December and also stars Justin Timberlake.

In 1993, Allen was taken to court after his ex-partner, Mia Farrow, accused him of sexually abusing their adopted daughter, Dylan.

Allen continuously denied the allegations, and was never charged, but in 2014 the New York Times published an open letter from Dylan, maintaining that she had been abused and calling Allen "a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse." In response, he gave the paper another lengthy refutation of the allegations.
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Allen continuously denied the allegations, and was never charged, but in 2014 the New York Times published an open letter from Dylan, maintaining that she had been abused and calling Allen "a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse." In response, he gave the paper another lengthy refutation of the allegations.

Allen's movies have been surrounded by controversy ever since. Most recently, Elle Fanning and Selena Gomez faced backlash after it was revealed they had signed on to star in an upcoming Allen film.

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And Winslet is the latest star to defend her decision to work with him. When asked if the allegations against Allen gave her pause, she said she "put it to one side":

Of course one thinks about it. But at the same time, I didn’t know Woody and I don’t know anything about that family. As the actor in the film, you just have to step away and say, I don’t know anything, really, and whether any of it is true or false. Having thought it all through, you put it to one side and just work with the person.

"Woody Allen is an incredible director. So is Roman Polanski," she continued. "I had an extraordinary working experience with both of those men, and that’s the truth."

Polanski, who directed Winslet in the 2011 film Carnage, was arrested and indicted in 1977 for raping a 13-year-old girl.
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Polanski, who directed Winslet in the 2011 film Carnage, was arrested and indicted in 1977 for raping a 13-year-old girl.

People online have expressed anger and disappointment with Winslet after the interview was published.

kate winslet... sweetie... WHAT THE FUCK are you doing https://t.co/T27ufMv8dZ

I regret to inform you that Kate Winslet is cancelled

Hey Kate Winslet. Believe women. Shitty answer about Woody Allen and Roman Polanski given to @melenar @nytimesarts

The fact that Kate winslet and so many other actors fully ignore the accusations against woody Allen and roman polanski is appalling

me @ Kate Winslet working with and defending Woody Allen

And, although the allegations against him have never been tested in court, many said that there is no excuse for actors supporting and working with Allen.

Actors need to stop working with Woody Allen. It doesn't matter how good his films are, he's a disgusting pig who's done awful things.

it's so easy to just not work with woody allen. like here i am now, not working with woody allen

Representatives for Kate Winslet have been contacted by BuzzFeed News for further comment.