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Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68MILLION after it pulled the plug on his film

Woody Allen has launched a $68million lawsuit against Amazon after the company pulled the plug on his 2017 film A Rainy Day in New York following allegations he molested his daughter.

Woody Allen has launched a $68million lawsuit against Amazon Studios after the company pulled the plug on his 2017 film A Rainy Day in New York following allegations he molested his daughter. 

The embattled director, 83, is suing the studio for breach of contract claiming it backed out on the multimillion dollar deal without any 'legal basis,' according to court documents filed on Thursday. 

The film, starring Timothee Chalamet and Selena Gomez, was expected to come out last year after filming wrapped in 2017, but was shelved after allegations of abuse reemerged from Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in the wake of the MeToo movement. 

Farrow, 32, who first publicly accused him of abuse in 2014, claimed again in late 2017 that she was molested by her adoptive father when she was just seven years old. 

The film, starring Timothee Chalamet and Selena Gomez, was expected to come out last year after filming wrapped in 2017, but was shelved after allegations of abuse reemerged

The film, starring Timothee Chalamet and Selena Gomez, was expected to come out last year after filming wrapped in 2017, but was shelved after allegations of abuse reemerged

Allen's attorneys slammed the allegation as a '25-year-old baseless claim' that Amazon would have already been well aware of when it entered into four separate movie deals with the director in 2016
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

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

According to the suit, Amazon sent a Notice of Termination to Allen on June 19, 2018, saying it was ending their agreement and would no longer distribute the film.

When asked to provide a legitimate reason, the company claimed the project had become 'impracticable' due to '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.' 

Allen's attorneys slammed the allegation as a '25-year-old baseless claim' that Amazon would have already been well aware of when it entered into four separate movie deals with the director in 2016.   

The two parties made a deal after former Amazon Studios president Roy Price urged Allen to cut ties with his financial backers because he wanted to be the 'home' for his films for the remainder of his career, documents reveal. 

Prior to pulling the plug on A Rainy Day in New York, Amazon had produced Allen's most recent two films, Cafe Society (2016) and Wonder Wheel (2017).

Documents show studio execs became concerned in December 2017, two months after the bombshell allegations against Harvey Weinstein emerged. 

At that time, the #MeToo and Times Up movement were on the rise, prompting Farrow to write an op-ed titled, 'Why has the #MeToo revolution spared Woody Allen?' in the LA Times. 

Amazon executives met with Allen's representatives that month to discuss the negative publicity it received due to sexual misconduct allegations against Price and the company's ties to Harvey Weinstein. 

The suit reveals Amazon sent a Notice of Termination to Allen on June 19, 2018, saying it was ending their agreement and would no longer distribute the film

The suit reveals Amazon sent a Notice of Termination to Allen on June 19, 2018, saying it was ending their agreement and would no longer distribute the film

Some stars associated with Rainy Day, including Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez (pictured on set) and Rebecca Hall, reportedly donated their salaries from the movie to the Time's Up sex harassment campaign or other charities

Some stars associated with Rainy Day, including Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez (pictured on set) and Rebecca Hall, reportedly donated their salaries from the movie to the Time's Up sex harassment campaign or other charities

The studio then proposed a meeting to discuss how they would market A Rainy Day in New York, but when that didn't take place, they requested the film be 'pushed back' to 2019.

Allen agreed to postpone the film, which at the time had not been completed, but continued to prepare for the release, according to documents. 

The company would announce their decision to drop the project just six months later. 

Allen, who was first accused in 1992, has repeatedly denied molesting his daughter and continued to release dozens of films over the years. 

In her op-ed, Farrow publicly called out actors for working with or supporting Allen in the past.

Some stars associated with Rainy Day, including Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez and Rebecca Hall, reportedly donated their salaries from the movie to the Time's Up sex harassment campaign or other charities.

Allen, who has repeatedly denied the abuse claims made by Farrow, said she was was 'cynically' aligning herself with Time's Up movement. The director's sister and producer, Letty Armstrong, suggested Farrow was capitalizing on the movement.  

 

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