Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

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

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

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

Allen says Amazon sought to terminate the deal in June, and has since refused to pay him $9 million in financing for his latest film, "A Rainy Day in NY", his lawyers at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan allege.

The breach-of-contract lawsuit was filed with the US District Court in Manhattan overnight.

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 objective of the Agreement".

Allen's latest movie, A Rainy Day In New York is in limbo because of the dispute and he's now looking for a new distributor because of this "baseless", 25-year-old claim. Several actresses have also won Oscars for his movies.

The director claims that Amazon had no "legal or factual basis" to terminate the agreement, and that they did so knowing it "would cause substantial damage to Mr. Allen".

Reportedly, the suit which was obtained by Fox News claims that executives from Amazon, Jason Ropell and Matt Newman, met with the director's representatives in 2017 just as the #MeToo movement was increasing in energy.

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

Weinstein has denied allegations by more than 70 women of sexual misconduct. Price could not immediately be reached for comment.

Allegations against Allen were discussed and it was agreed that "A Rainy Day in New York" would be delayed until 2019.

However, in June 2018 Amazon back out of the deal.

The company is said to have informed Allen that the deal had become "impracticable" due to "supervening events, including renewed allegations against Mr. Allen, his own controversial comments and the refusal of top talent to work with or be associate with him in any way, all of which have frustrated the objective of the agreement".

Allen's lawyers said none of this justified the cancellation.

Just Law, who stars in A Rainy Day in New York, previously told The New York Times "it's a awful shame" the film was shelved.

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