Woody Allen has reportedly filed a $68 million suit against Amazon Studios for backing out of a four-picture deal.
Per Variety, Allen alleges that Amazon refused to release 'A Rainy Day in New York,' without any clear explanation of why they have pulled out of the multi-film deal.
“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 suit alleges.
“There simply was no legitimate ground for Amazon to renege on its promises.”
Allen’s daughter, Dylan Farrow, has accused Allen of sexually abused her for years when she was a child but the Hollywood director vehemently denied the allegation.
According to the suit, Amazon's counsel, Ajau Patel did not provide a reason for terminating the deal. Reps stated they were canceling the agreement, 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, all of which have frustrated the purpose of the Agreement.”
Allen is seeking $68 million in minimum guarantee payments arising from the four films, in addition to damages and attorneys fees.