Woody Allen Sues Amazon for Pulling Movie Deal Over Molestation Accusations

Carla Harmon
February 8, 2019

"That allegation was already well known to Amazon (and the public) before it entered into four separate deals with Mr. Allen-and, in any event, it does not provide a basis for Amazon to terminate the contract", the suit alleges, per Variety.

Based on that conversation, Allen says that he finished A Rainy Day in NY and then started production on other projects because, as he claims to have understood, Amazon was simply pushing the film's release date.

Allen's daughter, Dylan Farrow, has said that Allen molested her in an attic in 1992 when she was 7-years-old, which Allen has denied.

There is an important aspect of this story we need to talk about: Allen's disregard for Hollywood's reappraisal of Dylan Farrow's claims in a #MeToo era, and how, at the end of the day, no one wants to work with him anymore.

But last June, as Allen prepared for a 2019 release of a new movie, "A Rainy Day in NY", the studio notified him that it was terminating the agreement without explanation.

He claims his representatives met with Amazon executives in December 2017 to "discuss the negative publicity and reputational harm Amazon Studios had received because of allegations made against" former president Roy Price, who was accused of sexually harassing a coworker. Part of Allen's defense against the Amazon deal was that they knew of the allegations back then and still signed the deal with him.

A little over a year ago in January of 2018, Ajay Patel, the general counsel of the organization, stated they had to delay the release of Woody's latest movie until 2019, which Allen was fine with at the time.

Amazon Studios signed its first movie deal with Allen in 2016 when it acquired the rights to distribute "Cafe Society" and signed a multi-picture deal with the director the following year, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in NY on Thursday.

Woody Allen has filed a $68 million suit against Amazon.

Woody Allen slapped Amazon with a $68 million lawsuit Thursday for allegedly dropping a four-picture deal.

Allen's suit was filed in the Southern District of NY.

Before the four-film contract, Amazon had produced three projects by Allen, a miniseries called "Crisis in Six Scenes" and the films "Cafe Society" and "Wonder Wheel".

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