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Selena Gomez’s Mom Told Her Not To Work With Woody Allen, But ‘No One Controls Her’



Selena Gomez has been harshly criticized for appearing in Woody Allen's latest movie. Her mother is just the latest to take issue with her choice.

Gomez is the just latest in a long line of actresses coming under fire for having worked with the disgraced director, from Rebecca Hall to Greta Gerwig (both of whom, it must be noted, have apologized publicly).

Gomez's costar Timothée Chalamet posted an Instagram announcement that he will be donating his fee from A Rainy Day In New York to Time's Up in the light of troubling allegations against their director.

Then, within just a few hours, Gomez's own mother Mandy Teefey took to the platform to address criticisms of her daughter's involvement in the film, which also stars Elle Fanning and Jude Law.

Teefey shared a post on her official Instagram account regarding the passing of Dolores O'Riordan, the Cranberries singer who died earlier this week. She was soon deluged with messages from fans of her daughter demanding explanations for Gomez's decision to work with Allen.

To a fan asking Teefey to make her daughter apologize for working with Allen, Gomez's mother posted a personal reply stating that nobody can make her do anything she doesn't want to do. She also advised the fan that she'd talked it out with her daughter to no avail.

Teefey advised that Gomez has a great team around her, but that nobody "controls" her. At the time of writing, Gomez has yet to respond or comment publicly. The mother and daughter previously fell out over the resurgence of Gomez's relationship with Justin Bieber, which she allegedly does not approve of.

Gerwig has apologized for working with the problematic director, and advised she wouldn't do so again if given the opportunity. Alongside Chalamet, Hall pledged to donate her earnings from her work on A Rainy Day In New York to the Time's Up campaign and other relative charity organizations.

All three came under renewed pressure for working with Allen after the reemergence of sexual assault allegations from his estranged daughter, Dylan Farrow, which have made their way back into the public consciousness, thanks to the #MeToo and Time's Up campaigns.

Farrow publicly called out actresses including Kate Winslet, Blake Lively, and Gerwig for the complicity of their actions and their silence even as they spoke out against the likes of Harvey Weinstein.

The accusations dated back to 1992 when Farrow was just seven. Allen has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing. However, a recent trawl through his old notebooks and diaries suggests a long-held predilection with much younger women that has always been there.

When asked about her decision to work with Allen during her Billboard Woman Of The Year profile back in November, Gomez gave an answer that was dodgy at best, ignorant at worst, telling the reporter that she wasn't sure how to answer.

Noting the Weinstein allegations surfaced while she was already on set, Gomez said they made her think about how the universe works in strange ways, giving no further insight into her decision-making process.

The "Wolves" singer previously came under intense online scrutiny for her support of Time's Up, after posting a graphic for the campaign on Instagram at the start of the month. Certain followers called her out for being hypocritical in light of her support for Allen.

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