Woody Allen is suing Amazon for $68 million after the tech giant killed his movie deal

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  • On Thursday, Woody Allen sued Amazon Studios, the tech giant's movie arm, claiming breach of contract.
  • The suit claims Amazon refused to release Allen's most recent movie, "A Rainy Day in New York," and terminated its four-movie production and distribution contract without cause.
  • Allen is seeking more than $68 million in damages, according to the suit.
  • The suit claims that Amazon backed out of the deal after allegations that Allen molested his adopted daughter, Dylan Fallow, resurfaced in 2018.

On Thursday, writer-director Woody Allen sued Amazon Studios claiming breach of contract after the tech giant allegedly refused to distribute his most recent movie, "A Rainy Day in New York," and ended its four-picture production and distribution deal with him.

According to the suit, obtained by Business Insider, Allen is seeking more than $68 million in damages.

The suit claims that Amazon backed out of its deal with Allen last June after allegations that he molested his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, resurfaced after the #MeToo movement gained traction. Allen denies the allegation, which goes back 25 years.

According to the suit, the relationship between Allen and Amazon got shaky in late 2017 when Roy Price resigned as president of Amazon Studios following sexual harassment allegations against him.

The suit claims that in December 2017, Amazon executives met with Allen's representatives to discuss the negative publicity following the Price allegations. In January 2018, Allen and Amazon reached an agreement to push back the release of the "A Rainy Day in New York" to 2019, according to the suit.

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But in June 2018, Amazon Studios sent Allen's production company, Gravier, a termination notice, the suit says.

"Amazon does not intend to distribute or otherwise exploit the Pictures in any domestic or international territories," the email, sent by Amazon Studios Associate General Counsel Ajay Patel, said, according to the suit. "And Gravier must therefore undertake immediately to make alternative distribution arrangements and otherwise mitigate any damages it may claim on account of Amazon's termination."

Along with the molestation allegation, the suit says that Amazon said it terminated its contract with Allen because it became "impracticable" to work with him due to "the increasing refusal of top talent to work with or be associated with him in any way."

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The Oscar winner had released his most recent movies with Amazon, including "Café Society," "Wonder Wheel," and the series "Crisis in Six Scenes." "A Rainy Day in New York" stars Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Diego Luna, Rebecca Hall, and Jude Law. After the allegations against Allen from Dylan Farrow resurfaced, Chalamet, Hall, and actor Griffin Newman all said they would donate their "Rainy Day" salaries to charity.

Amazon Studios did not respond for comment.

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