Woody Allen sues Amazon for backing out of deal after abuse claims resurface
Filmmaker Woody Allen is suing Amazon Studios, saying he deserves at least $US68 million ($95.8 million) in damages for its refusal to distribute his movie A Rainy Day in New York.
Allen, 83, accused Amazon.com Inc of breach of contract for backing out of the deal — which included a four-picture production and distribution arrangement —after allegations he molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in 1992 resurfaced.
“Amazon has tried to excuse its action by referencing a 25-year-old, baseless allegation against Mr Allen, but that allegation was already well known to Amazon [and the public] before Amazon entered into four separate deals with Mr Allen,” the complaint said.
“It does not provide a basis for Amazon to terminate the contract.”
The breach-of-contract lawsuit was filed with the US District Court in Manhattan overnight.
Amazon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Mr Allen has long denied the allegation by Dylan Farrow and her mother Mia Farrow, who was Allen’s longtime partner and starred in several of his movies.
He has not been charged.
The allegation has gained renewed attention during the #MeToo movement, which began in late 2017, and some actors who have appeared in Allen’s films have expressed regret over working with him.