Woody Allen sues Amazon for backing out of distribution deals

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Allen, 83, accused the Amazon.com Inc unit of breach of contract for backing out last June, after an accusation resurfaced that he had in 1992 molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow.

Allen, however, believes Amazon had no basis to end their contract, and has now filed a $68 million lawsuit in New York Federal Court against the company, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Instead, according to the suit, its release date was initially pushed back from 2018 to this year, thanks in part to controversy surrounding Roy Price, the Amazon Studios chief who resigned in 2017 amid claims of sexual harassment. He's also aiming to retrieve the attorney and damage fees. The director has consistently denied these claims over time and labels them as "a 25-year-old, baseless allegation" in the filing. After Allen asked for an explanation, Amazon said it was backing out because of "supervening events, including renewed allegations against Mr. Allen, his own controversial comments, and the increasing refusal of top talent to work with or be associated with him in any way, all of which have frustrated the goal of the Agreement", according to the suit, which was filed in the Southern District of NY.

Allen has won four Oscars, including best director for 1977's Annie Hall, which also won best picture. But the film was released with minimal fanfare in just a few hundred theaters-and earned less than $2 million, making it one of the lowest-grossing movies of Allen's career-and seemed to confirm that Allen's private-life troubles were proving a turn-off with moviegoers. It seeks $68 million in minimum guarantee payments for the four films Allen was set to release through Amazon.

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The second planned movie, A Rainy Day in NY, fared even worse, drawing controversy for the inclusion of a sex scene between a 44-year-old man (played by Jude Law) and 15-year-old girl (played by Elle Fanning), before cast members Rebecca Hall, Griffin Newman, and Timothée Chalame all distanced themselves from the project and donated their salaries to organizations such as Time's Up and RAINN (the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network). Co-star Rebecca Hall made a pledge to do the same previous year.

"The plot", the site notes, "is now unknown".

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