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Woody Allen sues Amazon for $96 million over terminated movie deal

Woody Allen sues Amazon for $96 million over terminated movie deal

Allen's adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, has accused him of molesting her.

The suit alleges that Amazon has not made good on a contract to produce four movies with Allen. 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".

The studio agreed to pay at least $9 million ($A12.67 million) for the license to his Timothée Chalamet-starring A Rainy Day in NY and his following flick, and then $25 million ($A35.193 million) and $27.5 million ($A38.7 million) for the two after that, and to release them all on at least 500 screens for at least 90 days, the suit says.

According to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in New York, Amazon and Allen signed a deal in 2017 committing to at least four films.

In the lawsuit, Allen and his production company, Gravier Productions, said they pressed Amazon for more information regarding the decision, with Amazon claiming the termination came 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 objective of the Agreement".

Allen's daughter, Dylan Farrow, has long alleged that Allen sexually abused her when she was a child. Several actresses have also won Oscars for his movies. In January 2018, the streamer's general counsel, Ajay Patel, proposed delaying the release of "A Rainy Day in New York" until 2019, which Allen accepted.

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But Allen's own public image had also suffered potentially career-ending damage.

Before the four-film contract, Amazon had produced three projects by Allen, a miniseries called "Crisis in Six Scenes" and the films "Cafe Society" and "Wonder Wheel".

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in NY, calls Amazon a "technology giant but Hollywood novice".

Allen now seeks a minimum of $68 million.

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. Co-star Rebecca Hall made a pledge to do the same past year.