Woody Allen files £52 million lawsuit against Amazon Studios

Woody Allen files £52 million lawsuit against Amazon Studios

Filmmaker Woody Allen is suing Amazon for at least $68 million, saying that the company ended a four-picture movie deal a year ago after old accusations against him resurfaced in the press.

Woody Allen filed a $68 million lawsuit against Amazon Studios on Thursday. 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, 83, accused the Amazon.com Inc unit of breach of contract for backing out last June, after an accusation resurfaced that he had in 1992 molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow.

Variety has reported Amazon Studios Associate General Counsel Ajay Patel emailed Allen's representatives notice back in June 2018, terminating the production and distribution deal.

He was cleared of the charges, first leveled by his then-partner Mia Farrow, after two separate months-long investigations, and has steadfastly denied the abuse.

"It does not provide a basis for Amazon to terminate the contract". He also claims Amazon has backed out of three other movies, giving only vague reasoning. Some of its cast members, including Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Hall and Selena Gomez, later issued public statements of regret for having worked with Allen and donated their salaries to organisations set up to address allegations of institutionalised sexual abuse and harassment.

Filmmaker Woody Allen and his company Gravier Productions are suing Amazon after the online giants Amazon Studios and Amazon Content allegedly backed out of deals they had without legal grounds. The executives said Amazon Studios' reputation had been harmed by its association with Harvey Weinstein, the target of several misconduct accusations, and by allegations against former Amazon Studios head Roy Price, according to the suit.

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Law&Crime reached out to Amazon for comment.

The BBC contacted Amazon Studios for comment, but did not receive an immediate reply.

Allen alleges that Amazon has refused to release "A Rainy Day in NY", though it has been complete for more than six months.

"Amazon can not continue in business with Mr. Allen", Amazon Studios associate general counsel Ajay Patel wrote in a June 19 email.

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

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

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