Director Woody Allen has filed a $68 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against Amazon Studios, alleging the company backed out of distributing his current movie, A Rainy Day in New York– part of a four-picture production and distribution deal.
Original movie and TV series directed by Allen for Amazon include Wonder Wheel (2017), starring Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple and Jim Belushi, and comedy series, “Crisis in Six Scenes,” which aired on Sept. 30, 2016.
The suit, filed Feb. 7 in U.S. District Court of New York, alleges Amazon last summer refused to distribute the movie after allegations resurfaced about Allen sexually molesting his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in 1992.
Allen, who has repeatedly denied the allegations, claims his relationship with Amazon Studios began to unravel after former studio boss Roy Price departed following his own inappropriate workplace behavior complaints, according to the suit.
“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,” read the suit.
Amazon, according to the complaint, cited Allen’s “own controversial comments” about the pedophilia charges, the increasing “refusal of top talent to work with him or be associated with him in any way” for terminating the agreement.
An Amazon representative wasn’t immediately available for comment.