Wednesday, 20 February, 2019


Woody Allen sues Amazon Studios in wake of renewed molestation allegations

Woody Allen attends the 'Wonder Wheel' screening at Museum of Modern Art on Nov. 14 2017 in New York City Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68MILLION after it pulled the plug on his film
Hannah Rogers | 09 February, 2019, 01:45

Veteran filmmaker Woody Allen has filed a $68 million lawsuit against Amazon Studios, alleging that the company breached their contract by refusing to distribute his latest film, A Rainy Day in NY.

The director has not released a film since - the basis of a $68 million lawsuit he filed Thursday against Amazon Studios.

Woody Allen is now suing Amazon for a breach in contract, stating that the reason Amazon won't produce his movies is because of "a 25-year-old, baseless allegation". 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.

The allegation referenced in the suit came from Dylan Farrow, Allen's adopted daughter who wrote an open letter published by the New York Times in 2014 that accused him of sexually abusing her in the early 1990s, when she was a child.

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". Allen's camp maintains that Patel failed to provide a reason for the termination.

Allen has won four Oscars, including best director for 1977's "Annie Hall", which also won best picture.

Amazon did release Allen's drama Wonder Wheel in 2017. Allen claims in his lawsuit that in January 2018, Amazon Studios' general counsel, Ajay Patel, had proposed delaying the film's release until 2019, Variety reported. The executives cited the reputational harm Amazon had suffered due to its association with Harvey Weinstein and the misconduct allegations against former Amazon Studios head Roy Price.

Allen and Amazon agreed to move the release of A Rainy Day in NY back from 2018 to 2019, but Amazon Studios' general counsel, Ajay Patel, sent a notice in June 2018 ending their four-film agreement and saying Amazon had no intention to distribute any of Allen's films.

In 2018, Dylan Farrow provided new details regarding her allegations against Allen on CBS This Morning.

The Blue Jasmine director claims Amazon refused to release his film A Rainy Day in NY, alleging the streaming company gave vague reasons for dropping the project and his three other movies from development. "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.

A Rainy Day in NY stars Timothee Chalamet, Diego Luna, Elle Fanning, Jude Law, Selena Gomez and Liev Schreiber.

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