Amber Tamblyn: For Women, 'There Are Not 2 Sides' to Story

Actress doubles down on James Woods story, says she's done facing disbelief
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2017 7:33 AM CDT
Amber Tamblyn: For Women, 'There Are Not 2 Sides' to Story
Amber Tamblyn attends the premiere of "Paint It Black" at the Museum of Modern Art on Monday, May 15, 2017, in New York.   (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

"There are two sides to every story," Amber Tamblyn recalls a producer telling her when she complained about a crew member stalking her. "For women in America who come forward with stories of harassment, abuse and sexual assault, there are not two sides to every story," the actress writes in a New York Times op-ed that follows up on her public feud with actor James Woods, whom she accuses of trying to pick her up when she was 16. "Women do not get to have a side. They get to have an interrogation." Women, she writes, "consider the risks" on a daily basis. "That is our day job and our night shift. We have a diploma in risk consideration. Consider that skirt. Consider that dark alley. Consider questioning your boss."

Woods dismissed her accusation as a lie, which Tamblyn says "sent me back to that day in that producer's office." Tamblyn counters that "the emotional cost alone of bringing up such memories publicly or coming forward with such recollections is pure bankruptcy. It is spiritual foreclosure." And though women who speak up about harassment often stare down the disbelief of others, Tamblyn finds safety in numbers. "The women I know, myself included, are done, though, playing the credentials game," she concludes. "We are learning that the more we open our mouths, the more we become a choir. And the more we are a choir, the more the tune is forced to change." The full piece is here. (More Amber Tamblyn stories.)

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