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Amber Tamblyn’s open letter slams James Woods for hitting on her at 16

James Woods' smug tweets spark troubling allegations.


Brianna Stone


Posted on Sep 13, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 5:33 pm CDT

Amber Tamblyn has written an open letter to James Woods describing a memory from nearly 20 years ago, when he allegedly tried to hit on the then-16-year-old. The letter was published Wednesday in Teen Vogue.

Woods, 70, found himself caught in a viral Twitter beef on Sunday when a comment he made about a film backfired—and brought out allegations of the actor hitting on and being with women who were significantly younger than him.

Woods criticized Armie Hammer’s upcoming film, Call Me By Your Name, in which a college graduate student and a teenage boy develop a relationship with each other. Woods quoted a tweet about the film saying “As they quietly chip away the last barriers of decency. #NAMBLA [North American Man/Boy Love Associations].”

Hammer responded to the tweet by saying, “Didn’t you date a 19-year-old when you were 60…?” and Tamblyn also responded to the tweet: “James Woods tried to pick me and my friend up at a restaurant once. He wanted to take us to Vegas. ‘I’m 16’, I said. ‘Even better’, he said.”

In the letter, Tamblyn said she and her friend Billy were stopped by Woods while trying to leave a restaurant in Hollywood. Tamblyn said Woods suggested they all go to Las Vegas together, and tried to make the trip seem innocent.

In addition to responding with an open letter, Tamblyn tweeted a screenshot of messages to her friend Billy recalling this memory.

“This is something predatory men like to do, I’ve noticed,” Tamblyn wrote in the letter. Tamblyn said after she told Woods her age, the then-52-year-old Woods said, “Even better. We’ll have so much fun, I promise.”

Tamblyn concluded the letter by suggesting that Woods look within his inner self and examine his “darkness” and actions.

“Go now and look in the mirror and ask yourself if this is true,” Tamblyn wrote. “Go on, I’ll wait. But I won’t hold my breathe.”

Woods has denied these allegations, saying it’s a lie that he tried to pick up a 16-year-old girl. He has not responded to Tamblyn’s open letter.

H/T Teen Vogue

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*First Published: Sep 13, 2017, 1:23 pm CDT