Woody Allen has filed a $68 million lawsuit against Amazon Studios for allegedly backing out of a multi-film deal - including the shelving of his completed comedy A Rainy Day in NY - due to reports of alleged sexual abuse by the Oscar-winning filmmaker.
The suit reasons that "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 lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in NY, calls Amazon a "technology giant but Hollywood novice".
Dylan Farrow (pictured with mom Mia Farrow right) 32, who first publicly accused him of abuse in 2014, claimed again in 2018 she was molested by her adoptive father when she was just seven years old.
"There simply was no legitimate ground for Amazon to renege on its promises", the lawsuit says.
In June a year ago, the same month that Amazon apparently terminated his contract, Allen backed the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment - and said he should be its poster boy. 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.
According to TMZ on Thursday, the controversial filmmaker claims the company backed out of a four-movie deal, and wants at least $68 million for breach of contract and damages.
Amazon released two of Allen's films and also distributed his TV series, Crisis in Six Scenes.
Amazon Studios signed its first movie deal with Allen in 2016 when it acquired the rights to distribute "Cafe Society" and signed a multi-picture deal with the director the following year, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in NY on Thursday.
Per the lawsuit, executives with Amazon Studios met with Allen's representatives and "discussed the negative publicity and reputational harm Amazon Studios had received because of allegations made against its former President, Mr. Price, and its association with Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company". The suit was filed in the Southern District of NY.