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Woody Allen Sues Amazon for almost $70 Million

Woody Allen Sues Amazon for almost $70 Million”

Allen says he and his production company Gravier inked the multi-picture deal with Amazon in August 2017, but the studio then scrapped the deal the following year after old allegations that he molested his daughter Dylan in 1992 was thrust back into the spotlight amid the #MeToo movement.

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.

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

"There simply was no legitimate ground for Amazon to renege on its promises", the lawsuit says. Allen has denied those allegations.

Allen is seeking $68 million in guaranteed payments under the original deal's terms, as well as damages and coverage of legal fees.

Allen's claim indicates Amazon executives Jason Ropell and Matt Newman met with his representatives in the wake of Farrow's New York Times letter, feeling that Amazon's reputation had already been tarnished due to past associations with disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and former Amazon Studios head Roy Price.

The studio agreed to pay at least $9 million ($A12.67 million) for the license to his Timothée Chalamet-starring A Rainy Day in NY and his following flick, and then $25 million ($A35.193 million) and $27.5 million ($A38.7 million) for the two after that, and to release them all on at least 500 screens for at least 90 days, the suit says.

Amazon did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Allen recently came under fire over sexual abuse allegations, which led to the studio choosing not to distribute his latest film A Rainy Day in NY, which stars Jude Law, Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Diego Luna, Liev Schreiber, and Timothée Chalamet.

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.



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