Woody Allen sues Amazon Studios for breach of contract

Woody Allen has filed a lawsuit in direction of Amazon Studios for breach of contract after the studio refused to launch his most modern film and terminated a four-picture manufacturing and distribution cope with out set off.

Allen’s lawsuit, filed in federal court docket docket inside the Southern District of New York Thursday, states Amazon refused to launch his film A Rainy Day in New York regardless of it being full for six months and terminated his contract in June on account of allegations courting once more to the 1990s that he sexually abused his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow.

“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 go nicely with states.

Farrow’s allegations, which Allen has denied, have resurfaced as a result of the beginning of the #MeToo movement.

The go nicely with states that Amazon executives Jason Ropell and Matt Newman met with Allen in December 2017 “and discussed the negative publicity and reputation harm Amazon Studios had received because of allegations” made in direction of former president of Amazon Studios Roy Price and connections to producer Harvey Weinstein consequently of the #MeToo movement.

Allen and Amazon agreed to maneuver the discharge of A Rainy Day in New York once more from 2018 to 2019, nonetheless Amazon Studios’ frequent counsel, Ajay Patel, despatched a uncover in June 2018 ending their four-film settlement and saying Amazon had no intention to distribute any of Allen’s films.

The go nicely with states that Amazon didn’t current any “legal or factual basis” for terminating their deal and didn’t clarify inside the decision akin to “renewed allegations,” “controversial comments” and “top talent.”

“I don’t know whether you’d call this hubris or just shortsightedness on Amazon’s part-but this is clearly not an acceptable way to behave in the business world,” said Allen’s authorized skilled John Quinn.

Allen’s go nicely with seeks $68 million in minimal guarantee funds related to the 4 films, together with damages and attorneys prices.

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