AceShowbiz - Woody Allen has insisted Timothee Chalamet was forced to denounce him after working on his movie, "A Rainy Day in New York", to increase his chances of winning an Oscar for "Call Me by Your Name".
The veteran director's controversial memoir, "Apropos of Nothing", was quietly published on Monday (March 23) by Grand Central Publishing, a branch of Hachette Book Group.
The publication has been overshadowed by renewed allegations of childhood sexual abuse against Allen by his daughter Dylan Farrow, which he addresses in the book, which he claims led to Chalamet, who worked with the filmmaker on the 2019 flick, denouncing him to improve his chances of awards show success.
"All the three leads in 'Rainy Day' were excellent and a pleasure to work with," Allen writes. "Timothee 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 announced that he would be donating the money he earned on Allen's film to nonprofit Time's Up, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.
"I am learning that a good role isn't the only criteria for accepting a job - that has become much clearer to me in the past few months, having witnessed the birth of a powerful movement intent on ending injustice, inequality and above all, silence," said Chalamet at the time. "I don't want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary."