Woody Allen sues Amazon Studios for quitting movie deal

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Woody Allen has launched a $68million lawsuit against Amazon after the company pulled the plug on his 2017 film A Rainy Day in NY following allegations he molested his daughter.

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.

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

Allen has been accused of molesting Dylan Farrow, his adopted daughter, when she was seven years old in the early 1990s.

Amazon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

But a few months later, as the #MeToo movement was taking off, Amazon Studio executives met with Allen's reps and discussed the "negative publicity and reputational harm" the company had received over its association with pervy producer Harvey Weinstein and its former head Roy Price, who'd just resigned over sexual harassment allegations - then asked to "push back" the A Rainy Day in NY release to 2019.

But he said studio executives soon expressed concern about "negative publicity and reputational harm" it faced over harassment claims against its former president Roy Price, and its ties to Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

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The suit also claims Amazon Studios' general counsel, Ajay Patel, sent an email in the summer of 2018 discontinuing Amazon's relationship with Allen - but it did not provide a valid reason for why. Allen has denied these allegations.

Amazon released two of Allen's films and also distributed his TV series, Crisis in Six Scenes.

Director Woody Allen is suing Amazon for $68 million.

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

The company is said to have informed Allen that the deal had become "impracticable" due to "supervening events, including renewed allegations against Mr. Allen, his own controversial comments and the refusal of top talent to work with or be associate with him in any way, all of which have frustrated the goal of the agreement".

Just Law, who stars in A Rainy Day in New York, previously told The New York Times "it's a awful shame" the film was shelved.