Kate Winslet is owning up -- sort of -- to her controversial choice to work with Woody Allen.
"I wouldn’t be able to stand here this evening, and keep to myself some bitter regrets that I have at poor decisions to work with individuals with whom I wish I had not,” Winslet said Sunday night at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards.
While she didn't call out Allen by name, the next part of her speech more clearly indicated that she was referring to him.
“It has become clear to me that by not saying anything, I might be adding to the anguish of many courageous women and men. Sexual abuse is a crime,” she said. “While it rests with the rule of law to pass judgement, it lies with all of us to listen to the smallest of voices and to never stop listening.”
Woody Allen with celebrities through the years
Woody Allen with celebrities through the years
Director Woody Allen (2ndL) and cast members Blake Lively (L), Kristen Stewart (C), and Jesse Eisenberg (2ndR) and Cannes Film festival president Pierre Lescure pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film "Cafe Society" out of competition during the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 11, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Director Woody Allen (C), cast members Emma Stone (L) and Parker Posey pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film "Irrational Man" out of competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, May 15, 2015. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Director Woody Allen (C), cast members Blake Lively (R) and Kristen Stewart pose during a photocall for the film "Cafe Society" out of competition, before the opening of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 11, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Director Woody Allen and cast members Penelope Cruz (2nd L), Greta Gerwig (L) and Alison Pill pose at the premiere of "To Rome with Love" during the opening night of the Los Angeles Film Festival at the Regal Cinemas in Los Angeles, California June 14, 2012. The movie opens limitedly in the U.S. on June 22. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
U.S. film director Woody Allen (C) poses with actors Adrien Brody (L), Owen Wilson (2ndL), Rachel McAdams (2ndR) and Michael Sheen (R) as they arrive for the screening of their film "Midnight in Paris" and for the opening ceremony of the 64th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 11, 2011. Twenty films compete at the May 11 to 22 cinema showcase with an impressive roll call of major screen stars, revered "auteur" directors and relative newcomers. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Director Woody Allen (R) arrives with cast member Lea Seydoux for the screening of "Midnight In Paris" and for the opening ceremony of the 64th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, May 11, 2011. Twenty films compete at the May 11 to 22 cinema showcase with an impressive roll call of major screen stars, revered "auteur" directors and relative newcomers. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Director Woody Allen (L) and cast member Naomi Watts (R) arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film "You will meet a tall dark stranger" at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival May 15, 2010. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
U.S. film director Woody Allen (C), Spanish actress Penelope Cruz (L) and actor Javier Bardem pose during a photocall to promote Allen's latest film "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", in Barcelona September 20, 2008. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino (SPAIN)
Actress Scarlett Johansson, star of director Woody Allen's new film "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", poses with Allen at the film's premiere in Los Angeles August 4, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES)
American actress Debra Messing (R) holds American director Woody Allen's head during a photocall for Allen's film "Hollywood Ending" at the 55th International Film Festival in Cannes, May 15, 2002. [Twenty-two films are in competition for the prestigious Palme d'Or at the film jamboree on the French Riviera which begins today with the out of competition screening of "Hollywood Ending". ]
Director Woody Allen poses with Mariel Hemingway (L) and Kirstie Alley stars from the ensemble of his new film "Deconstructing Harry" in Los Angeles, December 5. The film about a Manhattan writer's creative and erotic life stars an ensemble cast including [Demi Moore, Billy Crystal, and Elisabeth Shue.]
CIRCA 1996: Actor Edward Norton and actress Drew Barrymore listens to director Woody Allen on the set of the Miramax movie 'Everyone Says I Love You' circa 19961. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - CIRCA 1991: Woody Allen With Helena Bonham, Carter At 'Woody Allen' Performs With The New Orleans Jazz Band (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Don't Drink the Water - 1994: (L-R) Michael J. Fox, Mayim Bialik, Woody Allen on 'Don't Drink the Water' movie set. (Photo by Brian Hamill/ABC via Getty Images)
Discover More Like This
BACK TO SLIDE
Winslet is one of countless stars now forced to own up to their decisions to work with Allen, an alleged sexual predator whose daughter, Dylan Farrow, has long asserted that he sexually abused her as a child. Allen's new film "Wonder Wheel" stars Winslet, Justin Timberlake and Jim Belushi.
Farrow herself called out Timberlake last week after Timberlake tweeted, "Can someone please explain the saying, “You just want your cake and to eat it too.” What else am I about to do with a cake??"
Farrow responded, "The saying means, for example, you can’t support #TIMESUP and praise sexual predators at the same time. You can’t retain your credibility as an activist (i.e. - retain the cake) and, at the same time, praise a sexual predator (i.e. - eating the cake)."