Selena Gomez's mother Mandy Teefey has come out to say she was against her daughter's decision to star in Woody Allen's upcoming rom-com, A Rainy Day in New York but her advice fell on "deaf ears".
Teefey, who has recently parted ways as Selena's manager, made her thoughts about the Oscar-winning director pretty clear when she responded to an Instagram commentor who said the 25-year-old pop star should "write an apology" after working with Allen.
The 41-year-old said she and Selena "had a long talk" about working with the controversial filmmaker but "it didn't click". She added, "[Selena] makes all her own decisions. No matter how hard you try to advise. It falls on deaf ears."
Allen stands accused of sexual assault by his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, who claims he preyed on her as a young girl at the family's Connecticut home. While police investigated Farrow's claims in 1992, charges were never laid and the 82-year-old has always denied the allegations which he claims were fabricated by his former partner, Mia Farrow.
The allegations about Woody resurfaced last week ahead of the Golden Globes award ceremony in Los Angeles where most of the famous attendees wore black to mark the #TimesUp campaign. Dylan Farrow used the occasion to tweet about her alleged abuse. She wrote, "No predator should be spared by virtue of their 'talent'," adding that she would be watching the ceremony "to see if now, finally, time is up for my predator too".
Since the ceremony Selena's co-star in the film, Timothee Chalamet has come out to say he would be donating his paycheck from the film to help abuse victims.
"I don't want to profit from my work on the film," wrote Chalamet on Instagram.
The 22-year-old actor said he would be giving his salary to Time's Up, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) and the LGBT Community Centre in New York.
The actor said he wanted "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".
"I have, to this point, chosen projects from the perspective of a young actor trying to walk in the footsteps of more seasoned actors I admire," he wrote.
"But I am learning that a good role isn't the only criteria for accepting a job."
Actress Rebecca Hall, who also worked with Allen on his 2008 film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, said she regretted her decision to work with Woody again on this project and said her paycheck would go to the #TimesUp defense fund.
Selena has yet to address the criticism about the film which is due out later this year.