Woody Allen Sues Amazon for Pulling Movie Deal Over Molestation Accusations

Woody Allen sues Amazon says studio reneged on film deals

Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68MILLION after it pulled the plug on his film

A Rainy Day in NY was set to be the first of four of Allen's upcoming films distributed by Amazon, the filmmaker claims.

"Amazon has tried to excuse its action by referencing a 25-year-old, baseless allegation against Mr. Allen, but that allegation was already well known to Amazon (and the public) before Amazon entered into four separate deals with Mr. Allen", the lawsuit alleges according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.

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.

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Allen, 83, has accused the Amazon unit of backing out in June without cause, after allegations had resurfaced that he had in 1992 molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow.

Amazon representatives later said the company cancelled the deal 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". Allen has consistently denied the allegations.

Allen has won four Oscars, including best director for 1977's Annie Hall, which also won best picture. 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.

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The first movie in the deal, "A Rainy Day in NY", has been completed for over six months - but Amazon has been hesitant to release it.

Then - on June 19, 2018 - Allen says he was served a termination notice that stated, "Amazon is terminating the Agreement with respect to each of the Pictures" and that "Amazon does not intend to distribute or otherwise exploit the Pictures in any domestic or global territories".

Right now, Allen is seeking at least $68 million in compensation for the botched deals arising from the loss of four movies. Over the next few years, as the MeToo and Time's Up movements grew, some former collaborators began distancing themselves from Allen, including Chalamet, who last year announced he was donating his Rainy Day salary to a handful of charities.

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