TCA News: David Krumholtz Donated His Wonder Wheel Salary to Time’s Up

On Friday, David Krumholtz tweeted he regretted working with Woody Allen on Wonder Wheel. The tweet read “I deeply regret working with Woody Allen on Wonder Wheel. It’s one of my most heartbreaking mistakes. We can no longer let these men represent us in entertainment, politics, or any other realm. They are beneath real men.” Today, after a TCA panel for his CBS comedy Living Biblically, Krumholtz revealed he donated his Wonder Wheel salary to TimesUp, which is organizing a legal defense fund for harassment and abuse victims.

“I donated my salary from the Woody Allen movie to Time’s Up last week without a tweet,” Krumholtz said. “I’ve been accused of doing this as a PR stunt. I did what I had to do. I’m doing everything I can. It’s time for change.”

Krumholtz elaborated on his distaste for Allen’s themes, regardless of allegations he abused Dylan Farrow.  Most of Allen’s films feature an older man, often played by Allen himself, romancing a very young woman.

“At the very least, whether or not you believe Woody or you believe Dylan, it’s time at the very least for Mr. Allen to stop making inappropriate films about February/December relationships, romances because people don’t like it,” Krumholtz said. “Women are offended by it and those voices need to be heard. As a former fan of his, I think it’s time for him to start making films that don’t further indict. I feel ashamed and deeply regretful that I knew what I felt I knew going into it and yet I still made the decision to work with him. It’s a sad truth. It’s my truth. I did it. I worked with him. I’m trying to rectify the situation by no longer associating with any man I know that would commit these kinds of egregious acts.”

Dylan Farrow thanked Krumholtz today on Twitter.

“I received all the vindication and validation I need from Dylan Farrow herself, who thanked me for the tweet,” Krumholtz said. “It was very kind for her to do that. I’m very moved by the Time’s Up movement as someone who has witnessed sexual harassment on set. I’m not going to name names of the perpetrators. It’s not my place, at least not right now.”

Some suggested Krumholtz’s tweet was at worst opportunistic, or at least too little too late. Krumholtz respects the dissent too.

“Yesterday, on Twitter I tweeted that and I awoke some ire from some hardcore feminist groups who understandably said, ‘Hey, it’s a little too late to be commenting,’” Krumholtz said. “I understand that. At the same time, I feel like that’s an audacious response to a genuinely heartfelt apology on my part.”

Krumholtz described abuse he witnessed on set, but would not reveal where out of respect for the victim. “I can’t say because it’s going to apply when it was, but it wasn’t too long ago,” Krumholtz said. “In the moment I actually did something. I won’t go into details but I went to who I saw was being abused and I asked her if she was okay, and she cried. She wasn’t, but she told me not to say anything, so I didn’t. I think it’s respectful to go to the victim first. I do. It’s not my place to out a victim.”

Further, Krumholtz confirmed himself as a former Woody Allen fan.

“Some of us grow up idolizing people,” Krumholtz said. “Certainly for a New York Jewish kid from Queens was a perfect idol. Looking back, there’s so many things in his films that are inappropriate and yet there’s no doubt that at one point he was a brilliant filmmaker. That doesn’t excuse any of the behavior and continuing of telling stories that are inappropriate.”

Time’s Up, which came from the #MeToo movement, has inspired Krumholtz to speak up and he encourages others in Hollywood, and any industry, to do the same.

“The last few months in Hollywood have been a very interesting time for everyone. Especially for the innocent,” Krumholtz said. “There are many men who are absolutely appalled by all of this, who don’t know what to do. That’s why you have a lot of men not saying much to support the Times Up movement. I thought I should because my feelings aren’t conflicted about it. Abuse, sexual abuse, abuse of any manner in the workplace or anywhere is unacceptable at this point. It’s time to move on from that. So I thought I’d express that in that fashion, and I’ve tweeted about that before.”

Living Biblically premieres February 26 on CBS.

Written by
Fred Topel also known as Franchise Fred has been an entertainment journalist since 1999 and specializes in writing about film, television and video games. Fred has written for several outlets including About.com, CraveOnline, and Rotten Tomatoes among others. His favorite films include Toy Story 2, The Rock, Face/Off, True Lies, Labyrinth, The Big Hit, Michael Moore's The Big One, and Casablanca. We are very lucky and excited to have Fred as part of the We Live Entertainment team. Follow him on Twitter @FranchiseFred and @FredTopel

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