Woody Allen Is Suing Amazon for nearly $70 Million

Woody Allen Is Suing Amazon for nearly $70 Million

Woody Allen Is Suing Amazon for nearly $70 Million

Woody Allen has filed a $68 million lawsuit against Amazon Studios for allegedly backing out of a multi-film deal - including the shelving of his completed comedy A Rainy Day in NY - due to reports of alleged sexual abuse by the Oscar-winning filmmaker.

He is seeking that $9 million along with minimum guarantees owed him for 3 other films, totaling "in excess of $68,000,000", according to a complaint filed Thursday, February 7 in federal court in NY and obtained by AFP. 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. It then backed out of the deal in response to newly resurfaced allegations that Allen sexually abused his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, according to the suit.

As it was previously reported, Dylan Farrow, for many many years has claimed that Allen abused her when she was a child.

According to the suit documents, Amazon executives met with Allen's representative in December 2017 as the Time's Up and #MeToo movements began gaining traction.

But Allen's own public image had also suffered potentially career-ending damage.

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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.

The 83-year-old director alleges that Amazon Studios has backed out of a four-picture financing and distribution deal due to "a 25-year-old, baseless allegation", multiple outlets report.

However, the suits claims that in June 2018, Amazon contacted Allen to say that it would not distribute the film, nor any of the remaining films including in the four-film deal.

The BBC contacted Amazon Studios for comment, but did not receive an immediate reply. The suit also states that Amazon has given only vague reasons for dropping the film, and for reneging on a promise to produce three other films. Price could not immediately be reached for comment. The following month, Amazon's general counsel, Ajay Patel, suggested pushing back the release of "A Rainy Day in New York" until 2019, and Allen agreed, according to the suit. "That is exactly what has happened", Allen's attorney John Quinn of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP said in a statement sent to Law&Crime.

The case is Gravier Productions Inc et al v Amazon Content Services LLC et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 19-01169.

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