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April 20, 2019

Woody Allen sues Amazon for backing out of $73 million deal due to ‘baseless’ sexual assault allegation

February 7, 2019
Director Woody Allen (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images)

Woody Allen’s reputation is costing him.

The famed film director sued Amazon Thursday for backing out of deals worth $73 million due to the longstanding allegation that Allen sexually assaulted his adoptive daughter when she was 7 years old.

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Allen calls the 25-year-old accusation “baseless” the suit filed in Manhattan Federal Court, reveals. His latest movie, “A Rainy Day In New York” is in limbo because of the dispute and he’s now looking for a new distributor.

The “Manhattan” filmmaker entered into the multi-picture agreements with the streaming service in August 2017. The plan, he says, was to make four movies for Amazon. The head of Amazon Studios at the time, Roy Price, told Allen the $1 trillion company wanted to be his “home” for the rest of his career, according to the suit.

Allen severed ties with his financial backers, papers say. But the arrangement began to unravel in late 2017 when Price resigned amid allegations he’d harassed the producer of an Amazon show, the suit says. In June 2018, Amazon sent notice to Allen that it would not distribute “A Rainy Day In New York” and that the deal was off.

“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 suit says.

The accusation that Allen assaulted Dylan Farrow, whose mother is actress Mia Farrow, have been revived amid the #MeToo movement.

Nevertheless, an attorney for Amazon wrote in an email included in the lawsuit that the allegation had made Allen toxic.

“Amazon’s performance of the agreement became impracticable as a result 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,” attorney Robert Klieger wrote.

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