Woody Allen sues Amazon Studios in wake of renewed molestation allegations

Danny Woods
February 8, 2019

Woody Allen has hit Amazon Studios with a $68 million ($A95.73 million) lawsuit, claiming the company breached its contract by refusing to release his new movie A Rainy Day in NY and backing out of a four-film deal in the wake of his daughter's renewed molestation allegations.

Allen has been accused of molesting Dylan Farrow, his adopted daughter, when she was seven years old in the early 1990s.

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

The star-studded Rainy Day, which also stars Elle Fanning and Oscar nominee Jude Law, was supposed to be Allen's follow-up.

The allegation against Allen is from Allen's daughter, Dylan Farrow.

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Allen said he agreed to delay the release of Rainy Day, only to have Amazon Studios cancel their contract altogether.

He is also seeking damages and lawyer fees. 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.

He is seeking that $9 million along with minimum guarantees owed him for other films, totaling "in excess of $68,000,000", according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court in NY and obtained by AFP. After Allen asked for an explanation, Amazon said it was backing out 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, all of which have frustrated the objective of the Agreement", according to the suit, which was filed in the Southern District of NY.

In June past year, 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. As a result of the renewed scrutiny on the director, the first film in the partnership, Wonder Wheel, had trouble finding willing distributors, and eventually flopped when it finally did see release. Co-star Rebecca Hall made a pledge to do the same past year. There's no title, nor are there any confirmed cast members.

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