- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 14, 2017

Amber Tamblyn penned a scathing open letter to fellow actor James Woods after he publicly doubted her claim that he hit on her and offered her a trip to Las Vegas when she was just 16 years old.

The spat first started on Twitter when Mr. Woods voiced disapproval about the age gap between two gay men portrayed in the upcoming film, “Call Me By Your Name.” Ms. Tamblyn chimed in Monday, accusing Mr. Woods of trying to “pick me and my friend up at a restaurant” and offering to take them to Vegas.

“‘I’m 16’ I said. ‘Even better’ he said,” the actress alleged.

Mr. Woods called the allegation a “lie.” Ms. Tamblyn responded with a screenshot of her texting correspondence with her reported friend, who appeared to corroborate her story.

“Since I know people love to question the intengrity [sic] and honesty of women when they come forward with stories like this, here you go,” she tweeted Tuesday, adding, “Calling me liar, James? This is now far from over. That I can promise.”

On Wednesday, the “Paint it Black” producer penned an open letter, provided to Teen Vogue, elaborating on the alleged event. She called it a “teachable moment” for Mr. Woods, and encouraged him to “redefine the man who will come after this moment.”

“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,” Ms. Tamblyn wrote.

“My friend Billy and I were at the Roxy on Sunset Boulevard seeing a band we loved,” she continued. “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. At one point you suggested we should all go to Las Vegas together. ‘It’s such a great place, have you ever been?’”

“You tried to make it sound innocent,” she wrote. “This is something predatory men like to do, I’ve noticed. Make it sound innocent. Just a dollop of insinuation. Just a hair of persuasion. Just a pinch of 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 offer. You laughed and said, ‘Even better. We’ll have so much fun, I promise.’”

Ms. Tamblyn said she wasn’t a known actress at the time, so it’s likely Mr. Woods thought he could “get away with it.”

“The saddest part of this story doesn’t even concern me but concerns the universal woman’s story,” she wrote. “The nation’s harmful narrative of disbelieving women first, above all else. Asking them to first corroborate or first give proof or first make sure we’re not misremembering or first consider the consequences of speaking out or first let men give their side or first just let your sanity come last.

“Only you and your darkness know who you are,” she said. “Only you and your actions know what you’ve done. That means you and only you have the power to change your behavior.”

Mr. Woods, a prolific Twitter user and outspoken conservative, has remained active on Twitter since Ms. Tamblyn’s letter was published, but he has not addressed it directly.

Several celebrities have jumped to defend Ms. Tamblyn, including actresses Jessica Chastain‏, Anna Paquin‏ and Lena Dunham.

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