- On Thursday, Woody Allen sued Amazon Studios, the tech giant’s movie arm, alleging breach of contract.
- The suit alleges that Amazon refused to release Allen’s latest movie, “A Rainy Day in New York,” and terminated its four-movie production-and-distribution contract with him without cause.
- Allen is seeking more than $US68 million in damages, the suit says.
- The suit claims that Amazon backed out of the deal after allegations that Allen molested Dylan Farrow, his adopted daughter, resurfaced in 2018.
On Thursday, the writer-director Woody Allen sued Amazon Studios alleging breach of contract when the tech giant’s movie arm refused to distribute his latest movie, “A Rainy Day in New York,” and ended its four-picture production-and-distribution deal with him.
The suit, obtained by Business Insider, says Allen is seeking more than $US68 million in damages.
The suit says Amazon backed out of its deal with Allen in June after allegations that years ago he molested Dylan Farrow, his adopted daughter, resurfaced amid the #MeToo movement.
In an interview with “CBS This Morning” in early 2018, Farrow again accused Allen of molesting her in 1992, when she was 7 years old. Allen has denied the allegation.
The suit says the relationship between Allen and Amazon began to get shaky in late 2017 when Roy Price resigned as president of Amazon Studios following sexual-harassment allegations against him.
It says that in December 2017, Amazon executives met with Allen’s representatives to discuss the negative publicity following the allegations against Price and that the next month Allen and Amazon agreed to push the release of “A Rainy Day in New York” to 2019.
But in June, Amazon Studios sent Allen’s production company, Gravier, a termination notice, the suit says.
“Amazon does not intend to distribute or otherwise exploit the Pictures in any domestic or international territories,” said the email, which was sent by Amazon Studios Associate General Counsel Ajay Patel and included in the suit. “And Gravier must therefore undertake immediately to make alternative distribution arrangements and otherwise mitigate any damages it may claim on account of Amazon’s termination.”
The suit says that Amazon said it terminated its contract with Allen because, along with the molestation allegation against him, it became “impracticable” to work with him amid “the increasing refusal of top talent to work with or be associated with him in any way.”
The Oscar winner has released his two latest movies, “Café Society” and “Wonder Wheel,” as well as the series “Crisis in Six Scenes,” with Amazon.
“A Rainy Day in New York” stars Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Diego Luna, Rebecca Hall, and Jude Law. Chalamet, Hall, and the actor Griffin Newman have since said they will donate their “Rainy Day” salary to charity.
Several other Hollywood stars who have worked with Allen, including Greta Gerwig, Mira Sorvino, and Colin Firth, have also publicly denounced him.
Amazon Studios did not respond to a request for comment.
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