Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Woody Allen Is Suing Amazon for nearly $70 Million

Woody Allen Is Suing Amazon for nearly $70 Million

The continuing controversy over Allen's past apparently convinced Amazon to scrap the release of A Rainy Day in NY in any form, prompting Allen's breach of contract lawsuit, which was filed in a NY federal court.

The legal action said Amazon knew about "a 25-year old, baseless" allegation when it entered into deals with the director and that it "does not provide a basis for Amazon to terminate the contract". "There simply was no legitimate ground for Amazon to renege on its promises".

According to a lawsuit filed on Thursday in New York, Allen claims Amazon backed out of the deal in June 2018 because of an old accusation that the director had molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in 1992.

Woody Allen is hoping to get a prime payout from Amazon. Dylan's mother is Mia Farrow, who is the mother of Ronan Farrow as well, however, rumors have circulated for years that Ronan is actually the son of Frank Sinatra and not Woody.

Weinstein has denied allegations by more than 70 women of sexual misconduct.

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. The filmmaker is now seeking a minimum guarantee of $68 million for the four unreleased films.

A little over a year ago in January of 2018, Ajay Patel, the general counsel of the organization, stated they had to delay the release of Woody's latest movie until 2019, which Allen was fine with at the time.

He says Amazon told him the deal had become "impracticable" because of "supervening events, including renewed allegations against Mr Allen, his own controversial comments" and the refusal of actors to work with him.

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.

Amazon sought to capitalize on Allen's fame to develop its "nascent entertainment studio", according to the suit, with a deal to "finance and distribute his future films and to be his "home" for the rest of his career".

In June previous 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.

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