Woody Allen sues Amazon Studios over scuttled four-movie deal

Woody Allen sues Amazon Studios over scuttled four-movie deal

Filmmaker Woody Allen is suing Amazon for at least $68 million, saying that the company ended a four-picture movie deal past year after old accusations against him resurfaced in the press. On Thursday, Allen filed a $68 million lawsuit against Amazon Studios for allegedly backing out of a four-picture deal they agreed on, TMZ reports.

"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 suit says. Timothée Chalamet, who worked with Allen on Rainy Day in NY (the film Amazon is now not letting see the light of day), has promised his salary from the film to charity after working with Allen.

Allen's adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, has accused him of molesting her.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Allen has long denied Dylan's allegation.

Yeah, I'm glad that Woody Allen is crying in a room somewhere filled with lawyers because Amazon canceled his deal, but also the deal shouldn't have existed in the first place.

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Woody Allen may have struck a deal with Amazon last August to distribute his new film A Rainy Day in NY, but their relationship has quickly turned tempestuous. 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.

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.

Amazon's general counsel Ajay Patel allegedly told Allen's reps in January 2018 A Rainy Day in NY would be released but asked them to "push back" the release date to 2019, which Allen agreed to do.

Allen is seeking $68 million in minimum guarantee payments from the four films in the deal with Amazon, in addition to damages and attorneys fees. The suit was filed in the Southern District of NY.

Amazon Studios signed its first movie deal with Allen in 2016 when it acquired the rights to distribute "Cafe Society" and signed a multi-picture deal with the director the following year, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in NY on Thursday.