Woody Allen Launches $68M Lawsuit Against Amazon Studios Over Scrapped Film Deal

In the breach of contract case, the 'Cafe Society' director accuses studio executives of refusing to distribute 'A Rainy Day in New York' due to Dylan Farrow's sexual abuse allegations against him.

AceShowbiz - Woody Allen has filed a $68 million (£52.4 million) breach of contract lawsuit against bosses at Amazon Studios over their alleged refusal to release his new movie.

The filmmaker reportedly signed a multi-picture deal with studio executives in 2017 to finance and distribute his future films.

"(The deal was to) finance the Allen Films, make minimum guaranteed payments to (his production company) Gravier totaling between $68 and $73 million, pay Gravier additional amounts based on the success of the Allen Films, and distribute the Allen Films widely," the lawsuit reads.

The filmmaker's lawyers claim Amazon bosses backed out of the deal in June (2018), and they are refusing to distribute his movie "A Rainy Day in New York", which stars Jude Law, Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Diego Luna, Liev Schreiber, and Timothee Chalamet.

Allen claims Amazon bosses no longer wanted to work with him because of the allegations of sexual abuse made against him by his estranged daughter Dylan Farrow.

"(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 continues.

According to The Blast, Allen is seeking damages "in excess of $68,000,000 in minimum guarantee payments."

Back in 2014, Dylan claimed her father molested her as a child in an open letter to the New York Times.

Allen has denied the allegations repeatedly and has never been charged in connection to his daughter's claims.

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