Filmmaker Woody Allen sued Amazon.com for breach of contract, saying the e-commerce company's studio unit backed out of a deal to finance and distribute his movies based on 25-year-old allegations it already knew about when it entered into agreements with him.
According to a lawsuit filed on Thursday in New York, Allen claims Amazon backed out of the deal in June 2018 because of an old accusation that the director had molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in 1992.
Then - on June 19, 2018 - Allen says he was served a termination notice that stated, "Amazon is terminating the Agreement with respect to each of the Pictures" and that "Amazon does not intend to distribute or otherwise exploit the Pictures in any domestic or worldwide territories".
"There simply was no legitimate ground for Amazon to renege on its promises", the lawsuit says.
Allen recently came under fire over sexual abuse allegations, which led to the studio choosing not to distribute his latest film A Rainy Day in NY, which stars Jude Law, Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Diego Luna, Liev Schreiber, and Timothée Chalamet. 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".
Director Woody Allen attends the "Cafe Society" photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France, on May 11, 2016.
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".
Allen is seeking more than $68 million in damages. Allen has steadfastly denied the allegations.
Amazon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
But last June, as Allen prepared for a 2019 release of a new movie, "A Rainy Day in NY", the studio notified him that it was terminating the agreement without explanation.
This story originally appeared on the New York Post and is republished with permission.