Last year, at the height of the Me Too movement, the former Disney Channel actress faced criticism for taking on a project helmed by the director who has long been accused of sexual assault.
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The film, which stars Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez, Jude Law and Elle Fanning, finished filming last year around the same time attention around Me Too began to rise. The movement stirred up allegations made by Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. The legendary director, whose films “Annie Hall” and “The Purple Rose of Cairo” once made him a top director for actresses to pursue work, has been denying claims that he sexually abused Farrow when she was just a child.
According to reports, Amazon, which has a multi-film contract with Allen, recently stated that “No release date has ever been set for the film,” which means the film Gomez received so much backlash for just might never see the light of day.
At the height of the Me Too movement after fans, and critics of Gomez rebuked the star for supporting the director, the actress finally spoke up about her decision to work with Allen after remaining silent for months. “To be honest, I’m not sure how to answer — not because I’m trying to back away from it,” she said last year. “[The Harvey Weinstein allegations] actually happened right after I had started [on the movie]. They popped up in the midst of it. And that’s something, yes, I had to face and discuss. I stepped back and thought, ‘Wow, the universe works in interesting ways.’”
According to People, Gomez went onto make a donation to the Times Up movement that exceeded her salary for her work on the film.