Woody Allen sues Amazon for backing out of distribution deals

Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68MILLION after it pulled the plug on his film

Woody Allen sues Amazon Studios in wake of renewed molestation allegations

In the lawsuit, Allen's team argues that the allegations were well known when Amazon entered into an agreement with the director and don't give Amazon a basis for terminating the contract.

According to the complaint, Allen finished a film called A Rainy Day in NY that Amazon never released, breaching its contract.

Actor and director Woody Allen filed suit against Amazon Studios on Thursday, alleging the company is in breach of contract for refusing to release his film "A Rainy Day in New York" and terminating a larger deal after resurfaced allegations of sexual misconduct.

"There simply was no legitimate ground for Amazon to renege on its promises", the lawsuit says.

Allen in June then made headlines when he declared that he should be a "poster boy" for the movement because he has a "wonderful record" with actresses. Allen said executives had met with him in December 2017 to discuss the "negative publicity and reputational harm" stemming from those claims and the studio's association with Harvey Weinstein but agreed to proceed with the release of "Rainy Day".

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In the interim, the suit claims Allen and his associates repeatedly informed the Amazon team that they were working to complete the project in anticipation of Amazon distributing the project; Allen also asserts he began working on his follow-up projects for the streaming giant, including securing work commitments from a "highly regarded cinematographer and a highly regarded production designer" for a project that then set to film in 2018.

The suit claims Amazon did not have a right to back out of the deal and is seeking $68 million in damages.

Allen's daughter, Dylan Farrow, has long alleged that Allen sexually abused her when she was a child.

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 didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the suit. The suit was filed in the Southern District of NY.

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