For some, Woody Allen has transformed from a beloved American icon to a person that inspires full-body cringing every time his name pops up in a headline. Yet Allen continues to attract a fleet of actors ready and willing to work with him—most recently, Selena Gomez, who's starring in his next movie (opens in new tab).
In the event that you aren't already aware, Allen was accused (opens in new tab) of sexual assault by his daughter Dylan Farrow, who wrote about the alleged experience in the New York Times (opens in new tab). He denied (opens in new tab) the claims in his own Times letter, but the allegations of abuse have also been discussed by other family members—including Ronan Farrow, who wrote an op-ed (opens in new tab) calling out celebrities for working with his dad.
And while some people are excited about Selena getting a well-deserved movie role (she is very talented, so good for her!), others are concerned about her decision to work with Allen.
selenation finding out that selena was going back to acting but then learnt about woody allen's past pic.twitter.com/5nF1hicLRrAugust 9, 2017
selena gomez in a woody allen movie, jacob sartorius in jail, letterman back on tv and trump just invited north korea to nuke us... pic.twitter.com/viaZ1td1SZAugust 8, 2017
Selena joins the ranks of other young stars—including Miley Cyrus (opens in new tab), Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart, and Jesse Eisenberg—who have worked with the controversial director.
Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.
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