Amber Tamblyn Pens Letter in Response to James Woods and His 'Predatory' Behavior
Amber Tamblyn has written an open letter to James Woods following her allegations on Twitter earlier in the week that the actor “tried to pick me and my friend up” when she was 16.
Woods, who would have been in his early 50s at the time the incident, said her accusation was “a lie.” Tamblyn then provided a screenshot a text with the friend who was allegedly with her at the time, asking if she remembered it happening. “Damn totally forgot about that,” the friend wrote back.
The actress brought her story to Twitter when Woods criticized Armie Hammer's upcoming gay romantic drama Call Me By Your Name, in which he portrays a 24-year-old who's dating a 17-year-old.
“What you are experiencing is called a teachable moment. It is called a gift. It is called a humbling. It is called Jesus, I come to thee. It is called an awakening. It is called a growth edge. It is called hope,” Tamblyn opened her letter, which was published by Teen Vogue on Wednesday (Sept. 13).
“The hope being that through this experience, you can change,” she said. “You can redefine the man who will come after this moment and this man who came before. Since you've now called me a liar, I will now call you a silencer. I see your gaslight and now will raise you a scorched earth.”
The actress went on to give a detailed account what allegedly happened during her meeting with Woods when she was a teenager.
“My friend Billy and I were at the Roxy on Sunset Boulevard seeing a band we loved. We decided to go to Mel's diner on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood to get burgers after. I had just gotten my driver's license and very specifically remember my nervousness trying to park in the diner parking lot. Upon leaving the restaurant we were stopped by you and your friend, who both seemed very nice,” she said.
“At one point you suggested we should all go to Las Vegas together,” Tamblyn continued. “'It's such a great place, have you ever been?' You tried to make it sound innocent. This is something predatory men like to do, I've noticed. Make it sound innocent. Just a dollop insinuation. Just a hair persuasion. Just a pinch suggestion. 'It will be so much fun, I promise you. Nothing has to happen, we will just have a good time together.' I told you my age, kindly and with no judgment or aggression. I told you my age because I thought you would be immediately horrified and take back your fer. You laughed and said, 'Even better. We'll have so much fun, I promise.'”
”Here's the thing, Mr. Woods. At that time I was not a public persona,” the actress, whose main credit as a teenager was for a role on General Hospital, said. “I had done a couple years on a soap opera as an actress, but you wouldn't know me from Adam. I'm sure you've racked your brain trying to remember how you could've possibly hit on the actress Amber Tamblyn at a diner almost two decades ago. You think, it's not possible, there's no way I would've been so stupid as to hit on a 16-year-old known actress. But I wasn't known then, James. I was just a girl. And I'm going to wager that there have been many girls who were just girls or women who were just women who you've done this to because you can get away with it.”
“Are you and your history with women and girls a part the problem, Mr. Woods?” she asked.
Read the letter in its entirety at Teen Vogue.