Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68M, alleges breach of contract

Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68M, alleges breach of contract

As retribution for backing out of their agreement, Allen is asking reimbursement for the $9 million that he reportedly spent to self-finance A Rainy Day in NY, in addition to the minimum guarantee of $25 to $27 million Amazon allegedly agreed to pay to license the film.

"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 - and, in any event it does not provide a basis for Amazon to terminate the contract", the suit alleges.

Allen, 83, has accused the Amazon unit of backing out in June without cause, after allegations had resurfaced that he had in 1992 molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow.

Allen says he and his production company Gravier inked the multi-picture deal with Amazon to finance and distribute his movies in August 2017, after it released both Cafe Society and Wonder Wheel - an association the suit claims generated "prestige" for the online empire's fledgling studio and established it as "a legitimate player in Hollywood". In January 2018, the streamer's general counsel, Ajay Patel, proposed delaying the release of "A Rainy Day in New York" until 2019, which Allen accepted.

That film was one of several to be produced with the Oscar-winning director under a series of agreements reached after Allen made the "Crisis in Six Scenes" program for Amazon, which was then a new content provider.

Allen - who was investigated, but not charged - has repeatedly denied Dylan's accusations.

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He is seeking that $9 million along with minimum guarantees owed him for other films, totaling "in excess of $68,000,000", according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court in NY and obtained by AFP.

Amazon did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Woody Allen has filed a $68 million suit against Amazon.

Allen is seeking more than $68 million in damages.

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

This story originally appeared on the New York Post and is republished with permission.

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