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

Bessie Dean
February 8, 2019

In the lawsuit, Allen's team argues that the allegations were well known when Amazon entered into an agreement with the director and don't give Amazon a basis for terminating the contract.

Amazon sought to capitalize on Allen's fame to develop its "nascent entertainment studio", according to the suit, with a deal to "finance and distribute his future films and to be his "home" for the rest of his career".

In June a year ago, the same month that Amazon apparently terminated his contract, Allen backed the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment - and said he should be its poster boy.

"There simply was no legitimate ground for Amazon to renege on its promises", the lawsuit says.

The more than $68 million Allen is seeking from Amazon includes additional payments for A Rainy Day in NY, plus payments for the three other unfinished films.

The director sued Amazon on Thursday for backing out of agreements worth upwards of $73 million, the New York Daily News reported, due to the longstanding allegation that Allen sexually assaulted his adoptive daughter when she was 7 years old.

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Allen in June then made headlines when he declared that he should be a "poster boy" for the movement because he has a "wonderful record" with actresses. The executives cited the reputational harm Amazon had suffered due to its association with Harvey Weinstein and the misconduct allegations against former Amazon Studios head Roy Price.

Allen recently came under fire over sexual abuse allegations, which led to the studio choosing not to distribute his latest film A Rainy Day in NY, which stars Jude Law, Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Diego Luna, Liev Schreiber, and Timothée Chalamet. In January 2018, the streamer's general counsel, Ajay Patel, proposed delaying the release of "A Rainy Day in New York" until 2019, which Allen accepted.

Amazon did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The suit claims Amazon did not have a right to back out of the deal and is seeking $68 million in damages.

This story originally appeared on the New York Post and is republished with permission.

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