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James Woods is embroiled in a Twitter brawl over his criticism of Armie Hammer's new film, and his habit of dating younger women

Business Insider | Sep 13, 2017, 03.05AM IST

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Woods with his now ex-girlfriend Ashley Madison, who was 19 when they first began dating.

Actor James Woods tweeted a snide remark about the age disparity between the romantic leads in Armie Hammer's new film, "Call Me by Your Name" - and celebrities are calling him out for it.

Woods tweeted, "As they quietly chip away the last barriers of decency. #NAM BLA," Sunday. The acronym NAMBLA stands for, "the controversial North American Man/Boy Love Association, which is a pedophilia advocacy organization," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Woods' remarks were made in response to writer Chad Felix Greene's tweet that expressed his dismay over the age difference between the film's love interests. Hammer's character in the film is 24, and has an affair with a 17 year old. Greene tweeted, "24 year old man. 17 year old boy. Stop."

It is worth mentioning that while 17 is below the age of consent in most US states, the age of consent in Italy (where the film takes place) is 14.

Hammer responded to Woods' criticisms Monday by suggesting that Woods was being hypocritical, tweeting, "Didn't you date a 19 year old when you were 60.......?"

Woods dated Ashley Madison when she was 19 and he was 60, and the actor also dated 20-year-old Kristen Bauguess when he was 66.

Actress Amber Tamblyn also chimed in, and alleged that Woods once tried to pick her up when she was 16 years old.

Woods tweeted that Amber's story was a "lie." Woods also dismissed further criticisms, and said that "troll traffic was up," while simultaneously complimenting Hammer's acting.

Tamblyn fired back with a screenshot of a text between her and her friend "Billy," referring to the alleged time that Woods hit on them when they were underage. Tamblyn also tweeted, "Life comes at you fast, James."

Woods has yet to respond to Tamblyn's latest tweet, but a number of celebrities (including Don Cheedle, Tamblyn's husband David Cross, and Lena Dunham) have come out to support Tamblyn, and challenge Woods' remarks. 

No response yet from Woods regarding the tweets in defense of Tamblyn, but in a cryptic tweet Tuesday, Tamblyn said, "This is now far from over." 

We expect we'll be hearing more from Woods shortly. 

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