Woody Allen suing Amazon for ending movie deal

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After Amazon Studios decided to shelve Woody Allen's movie A Rainy Day in New York and sever ties with the prolific and controversial filmmaker, most saw that the choice might mean a hefty pay-out for the company.

Now Allen is suing Amazon for over $68 million, alleging that the company ended a four-picture movie deal in 2018 after old accusations against him resurfaced thanks to interviews with his accuser, his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow, and investigative pieces by Allen's biological son and her brother, Ronan Farrow that were contributors to the heightened profile of the #MeToo movement.

The lawsuit hold that Amazon knew about a "25-year-old" allegation before going into business with Allen in 2017, but used the decades old case as a reason to distances itself from Allen.

Allen's daughter, Dylan Farrow, alleges that Allen molested her in 1992 when she was seven, which Allen has denied and was investigated by the Connectiut State's Attorney but ultimately no charges were laid

Farrow opened up about the reported abuse for the first time in 2013 in Vanity Fair and did a TV interview in 2018 where she spoke with Gayle King.

A Rainy Day in New York had a cast with the kind of star power Allen usually attracts but after media reports brought Dylan's accusations back into the public dialogue, the film's stars Timothée Chalamet and Selena Gomez pledged not to work with the filmmaker again and donate their salary to charity.

 

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 Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

With files from AP