Selena Gomez‘s mother has revealed that she had warned the star against working with Woody Allen and that her advice fell “on deaf ears”.
Singer/actor Gomez stars in Allen’s upcoming movie, A Rainy Day in New York, alongside Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Jude Law, Diego Luna, Rebecca Hall and Liev Schreiber.
Two of the film’s stars – Hall and Chalamet – have since donated their salaries from the movie to charity over the historic child sex abuse allegations that have dogged Allen’s career.
Other stars – including Oscar winner Mira Sorvino and Greta Gerwig – have spoken about their regret at having previously worked with Allen.
In 1993, Allen was accused by his then seven-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, of sexual assault. Allen has always denied the claims and no charges were brought, with the investigation dropped at the time.
The accusations resurfaced when Farrow wrote an open letter in 2014 restating them, and again in 2016 when Allen’s son Ronan Farrow – now a journalist – wrote extensively about the situation.
An Instagram user recently messaged Gomez’s mother, Mandy Teefey, telling her to “make” Selena “write an apology” about working with Allen.
Teefey replied through the account of her Kicked To The Curb productions company: “Sorry, no one can make Selena do anything she doesn’t want to. 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,” she added. “No one controls her. She makes all her own decisions. No matter how hard you try to advise. It falls on deaf ears.”
Gomez recently said that she was “not sure” of how to respond to criticism of her working with Allen.
“As people speak out, I hope that feels powerful to them, because they deserve to feel that,” Gomez said of the #MeToo movement as a whole.
“I’m fortunate enough not to have experienced some of the traumatic things that other women have had to go through,” she continued. “I’ve known people in my family who’ve gone through those things. I try to let people come to me and open up, to make a safe environment for them to do so.”