Mandy Teefey, the mother of Selena Gomez, has revealed that her daughter chose to participate in Woody Allen’s latest film, A Rainy Day in New York, even after Teefey “had a long talk with her” about the accusations against him. Teefey had been responding to a user on Instagram who had demanded that she “make Selena write an apology” for appearing in a film written and directed by a man who allegedly molested 7-year-old Dylan Farrow, the daughter of his then-girlfirend, Mia Farrow. Allen, whose apparent obsession with young women and girls is well-documented in his own writing, also went on to marry Farrow’s adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, after Farrow discovered that Allen had been taking naked pictures of Soon-Yi while dating Farrow. At the time, Soon-Yi was between the ages of 19 and 21.
“No one can make Selena do anything she doesn’t want to,” wrote Teefey on Instagram. “I had a long talk with her about not working with him (Allen) 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.”
Fans of the popular singer have since condemned Teefey for not standing up for her daughter, while others accused Gomez of being a hypocrite for working with Allen while simultaneously claiming to stand with women who have been sexually harassed. Adding heat to the fire was speculation that Teefey and Gomez were already fighting with each other — according to Elle, the two had unfollowed her each other on Instagram, allegedly over the pop singer’s relationship with fellow singer Justin Bieber.
In recent days, Gomez’s fellow A Rainy Day in New York star Timothée Chalamet said that the past year had changed his perspective on the “criteria for accepting a job,” and that he no longer wanted “to profit from my work on the film.”
“To that end,” he wrote on Instagram, “I am going to to donate my entire salary to three charities: TIME’S UP, The LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN. I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.”
Miro Sorvino, among others, has also denounced Woody Allen in recent days, explaining in an open apology to Dylan Farrow that she wished she had never worked for Allen, and that she was sorry for being one of the many who “praised him and ignored you.”
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