“Shelved indefinitely”: What makes Woody Allen’s new film so creepy.

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It seems Hollywood may have finally stopped turning a blind eye to Woody Allen.

Despite his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow accusing him of sexually assaulting her as seven-year-old girl, unbelievably the 82-year-old has managed to carry on with a successful career, with his reputation remaining almost completely unscathed.

But in the post-Weinstein era we’re living in, the tide seems to slowly be turning on Woody Allen – and it’s about bloody time.

Over two decades on from Dylan’s accusations, the screenwriter and director’s latest film, A Rainy Day In New York, has reportedly now been shelved indefinitely by Amazon – meaning it may never see the light of day.

And it’s good riddance too.

The controversial movie raised eyebrows when it was reported that the film involved the depiction of an inappropriate sexual relationship between a 44-year-old man, played by Jude Law and a 15-year-old girl, played by Elle Fanning.

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Woody Allen and Selena Gomez on the set of A Rainy Day in New York. Image: Getty.

The film, which reportedly cost $25 million to make, was part of Allen's five-film deal he made with Amazon's studio head Roy Price back in 2016.

The former Amazon studio head, who made the deal with Allen specifically for Amazon's streaming service, has since quit the studios following his own sexual harassment scandal which was uncovered in October last year.

Originally expected for later this year, A Rainy Day in New York's future first looked rocky when Dylan, now 32, gave her first televised interview about the allegations against her adoptive father.

In the interview which was televised in January, Dylan claimed that Allen, who adopted her with partner Mia Farrow when she was just two weeks old, touched her inappropriately as a child, groomed her, sexually assaulted her, and once "buried" his head in her lap after taking off her clothes.

Watch: Dylan Farrow gives her first televised interview about Woody Allen in January 2018.

When questioned by CBS This Morning about whether she had become simply "caught up" in the #metoo movement, Dylan responded saying, "It shouldn’t have to be that a small army has to come forward against one person to be credible."

"I have come forward with evidence and I am credible and I am telling the truth and I think it’s important that people realise that one victim, one accuser, matters, and that they are enough to change things."

Despite Allen consistently denying the allegations, a number of actors involved in A Rainy Day in New York have distanced themselves from the film since Dylan's interview.

Actors Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Hall donated their salaries to a number of charities including Time's Up, while Selena Gomez who was also cast in the film has remained relatively quiet about the backlash.

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The canned film isn't the first time Allen has made a film featuring a questionable relationship between an older man and a much younger woman.

The 1979 film Manhattan which Allen wrote and directed focused on Allen's 42-year-old character's relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

With three more films required under his deal with Amazon, it's unclear what's to come for Allen.

But here's hoping the shelving of A Rainy Day In New York means Hollywood is finally going to take notice of the deplorable allegations against Woody Allen. 

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