Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68M, alleges breach of contract

08 February, 2019, 03:20 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Woody Allen has filed a $68 million suit against Amazon

In the lawsuit, Allen claims that Amazon backed out of the agreement after his daughter, Dylan Farrow, renewed longstanding accusations that Allen molested her as a child.

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

Woody Allen has launched legal action against Amazon Studios, accusing it of breaching their contract by refusing to distribute his latest film.

In the lawsuit, Allen and his production company, Gravier Productions, said they pressed Amazon for more information regarding the decision, with Amazon claiming the termination came due to "supervening events, including renewed allegations against Mr. Allen, his own controversial comments, and the increasing refusal of top talent to work with or be associated with him in any way, all of which have frustrated the goal of the Agreement".

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.

As retribution for backing out of their agreement, Allen is asking reimbursement for the $9 million that he reportedly spent to self-finance A Rainy Day in NY, in addition to the minimum guarantee of $25 to $27 million Amazon allegedly agreed to pay to license the film. Several actresses have also won Oscars for his movies. Allen said executives had met with him in December 2017 to discuss the "negative publicity and reputational harm" stemming from those claims and the studio's association with Harvey Weinstein but agreed to proceed with the release of "Rainy Day".

Woody Allen has filed a $68 million suit against Amazon. Allen has denied these allegations. Instead, according to the suit, its release date was initially pushed back from 2018 to this year, thanks in part to controversy surrounding Roy Price, the Amazon Studios chief who resigned in 2017 amid claims of sexual harassment.

Later that month, Amazon suddenly told him it was scrapping the whole deal - saying it would now be "impracticable" because of "supervening events, including renewed allegations against Mr Allen, his own controversial comments, and the increasing refusal of top talent to work with or be associated with him in any way", according to the suit. Both emails were attached to the complaint. The suit was filed in the Southern District of NY.



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