Selena Gomez’s mom warned her daughter about working with Woody Allen, but made a movie with the controversial filmmaker anyway.
In the post-Weinstein era, many of Hollywood’s established film producers are being seen with a far more critical eye. Old rumors and whispered gossip gets far more attention than it used to, much to Woody Allen’s detriment.
In Allen’s case, the hearsay was actually published. In 2014, adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow accused the prodigious writer slash director of abusing her when she was seven years old. That story was printed in the New York Times, with Allen’s response following shortly after.
Allen, of course, denied the allegations in an impassioned plea that seemed aimed as much at reconciliation with his estranged daughter as it was quelling an outraged public. The New York Police did investigate the accusations in 1993 but found no evidence of abuse, which back then was enough for the fires of outrage to die down and allow Woody Allen to continue making movies.
One would assume that if such allegations were to break today Allen wouldn’t have been afforded the same luxury. Indeed, he may yet be brought down by this controversy everyone thought dead and buried.
Which brings us to Selena Gomez, who is set to appear in Allen’s latest film, A Rainy Day In New York along with Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Hall, Liev Shreiber, Diego Luna, and Jude Law.
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Several of the stars appearing in the film, including Chalamet, Hall, and Griffin Newman, have already announced they will be sending their salaries to charities supporting victims of abuse, and now Gomez’s fans are wondering when she will do the same.
It’s also sparked another argument with Gomez’s mother, Mandy Teefey. In an Instagram post lamenting the loss of the late Dolores O’Riordan, Teefey revealed that she’d tried to convince Gomez to pass on Allen’s film, but she took the gig anyway.
Selena Gomez’s mum just threw her under the bus in this whole Woody Allen mess pic.twitter.com/KKvStwEBLg— Joshua Fox (@joshua_fox) January 16, 2018
"Sorry, no one can make Selena do anything she doesn't want to,” wrote Teefey, responding to a user demanding an apology from Gomez for appearing in Allen’s film. “I had a long talk with her about not working with him and it didn't click. Her team are amazing people. There is no fall person here. No one controls her. She makes all her own decisions. No matter how hard you try to advise. It falls on deaf ears."
This follows on recent reports that she was “not happy” about her getting back together with Justin Bieber, saying, “Selena can live her life however she wants as long as she is happy, safe and healthy.”
Still, Gomez’s followers are certainly upset about her working with a man accused of child abuse, and her silence on the issue will only continue to work against her.