Hats off to New Canaan’s Tony Goldwyn, who’s being honored in New York City on April 30 for his commitment to the Innocence Project.
Goldwyn, who currently stars in the ABC-TV hit Scandal, became involved with the Innocence Project while producing his 2011 film Conviction. The movie, which Goldwyn worked on for a decade, tells the true story of Betty Anne Waters, who put herself through college and law school to try to help exonerate her brother, Kenny, who spent 18 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. The Innocence Project helped Betty Anne prove through DNA evidence that her brother was innocent. DNA testing has helped to exonerate more than 300 wrongly convicted people throughout the United States.
“It’s very humbling for me to be honored by the Innocence Project,” Goldwyn says. “What we can do as artists is help get the message out.”
Whoopi Goldberg, who starred alongside Goldwyn in Ghost, will join those honoring Goldwyn.
Goldwyn’s pal and fellow New Canaanite Nadine Wong-Chang is co-chairing the event, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt. For tickets, contact Nadine at 212-296-6084.