Woody Allen has launched a $68million lawsuit against Amazon after the company pulled the plug on his 2017 film A Rainy Day in NY following allegations he molested his daughter. Production on the film was completed in 2017, but the movie has been sitting on the shelf, reportedly delayed by concerns over Allen's past behavior. Additionally, the suit suggests that Amazon's cancelation has interfered with the ability of Allen's production company, Gravier, "to meet certain obligations to outside investors and foreign distributors".
Amazon Studios signed its first movie deal with Allen in 2016 when it acquired the rights to distribute "Cafe Society" and signed a multi-picture deal with the director the following year, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in NY on Thursday.
The star-studded Rainy Day, which also stars Elle Fanning and Oscar nominee Jude Law, was supposed to be Allen's follow-up. Then, in June 2018, Ajay Patel, associate general counsel, Amazon Studios and movies & TV, sent an email canceling the deal, saying "Amazon can not continue in business with Mr. Allen".
Allen's adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, has accused him of molesting her. Two years later, Allen's son Ronan Farrow contributed a column to The Hollywood Reporter in which he said he believed his sister's claims.
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In January 2018, Chalamet revealed he donated his entire salary from the film to charities Time's Up, The LGBT Center in NY, and RAINN as he didn't "want to profit from [his] work". "I don't want to profit from my work on the film", the actor wrote in an Instagram post.
Per the lawsuit, executives with Amazon Studios met with Allen's representatives and "discussed the negative publicity and reputational harm Amazon Studios had received because of allegations made against its former President, Mr. Price, and its association with Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company". But the film was released with minimal fanfare in just a few hundred theaters-and earned less than $2 million, making it one of the lowest-grossing movies of Allen's career-and seemed to confirm that Allen's private-life troubles were proving a turn-off with moviegoers.
Allen is seeking more than $68 million in damages.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday, says that Amazon knew about a "25-year-old" allegation before signing with Allen in 2017, but still used it as an excuse to back out of the deal.