Amber Tamblyn Accuses James Woods Of Gaslighting In An Open Letter

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Recently, a Twitter war between James Woods and Amber Tamblyn erupted over Amber’s recollection that James attempted to hit on her, when she was just 16 years old. Tamblyn, who is now 34 years old and married to 53-year-old David Cross, shared the details of that encounter with Woods, who is now 70 years old.
Amber Tamblyn Calls James Woods’ Behavior “Predatory”
The night in question involved a visit to the Roxy on Sunset Boulevard, where Amber Tamblyn and her friend Billy met up with Woods and one of his unnamed friends. The actress recalls that both men were very nice, but then adds that James’ invitation to Las Vegas put her off.
“You tried to make it sound innocent,” writes Tamblyn, addressing the older actor. “This is something predatory men like to do, I’ve noticed.”
Amber recalls that she took that opportunity in the conversation to tell James that she was 16 years old. She made the comment without trying to make an accusation, but simply to let him know she was a minor. Instead of the shocked reaction Ms. Tamblyn expected, she says Woods made a joke of it.
“You laughed and said, ‘Even better. We’ll have so much fun, I promise.’” recalls the actress.
For Mr. Woods’ part, he says he doesn’t recall the encounter and Amber suggests that may be because she wasn’t a well-known actress at that point.
James Woods And Amber Tamblyn Go To War On Twitter
The drama between the two celebrities erupted when James Woods criticized the upcoming film, Call Me by Your Name, for featuring a May-December romance. The film’s older star, Armie Hammer, replied by reminding Woods that he had dated a 19-year-old just 10 years ago.
From there, things escalated, when Amber Tamblyn interjected, replying to both Woods and Hammer, sharing her memory of the failed pick-up. When James called Amber out for fabricating the incident, she shared screenshots of a text messaging conversation with Billy, the friend who was also present for the Roxy meet-up. Billy confirmed that the story did happen.
While that might have silenced Woods, it didn’t satisfy Amber Tamblyn. She sees that past encounter and the recent Twitter battle as signs of a larger problem.
“The saddest part of this story doesn’t even concern me, but concerns the universal woman’s story,” Tamblyn wrote in her open letter. “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.”