Woody Allen, Amazon end legal battle over failure to release completed film

Brenda Watkins
November 10, 2019

Allen and Amazon notified the federal court in Manhattan late on Friday night that the lawsuit was being voluntarily dismissed.

Allen said Amazon pulled out because of long-standing allegations that he molested his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow when she was seven years old.

In 2018, Amazon halted the release of A Rainy Day in NY and then canceled a deal for three more films. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but sources close to the situation told Deadline, "there were no winners in this in the end".

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Woody Allen and Amazon Studios settled a United States dollars 68 million breach of contract lawsuit that the director had filed in February after the company terminated a four-picture movie deal with him.

Lawyers for Allen and Amazon did not immediately respond on Saturday to requests for comment. In a motion to dismiss part of Allen's suit, Amazon argued that Allen's remarks on the scandal - in which he warned about a "witch-hunt atmosphere" - had made him a pariah in Hollywood. "Allen's actions and their cascading consequences ensured that Amazon could in no way perhaps obtain the advantage of its four-photo settlement". In a suit filed in federal court in NY in February, Allen claimed he was owed between $68 million and $73 million in minimum guarantee payments.

"A Rainy Day in New York" was released overseas, but not in the U.S. Allen's career has slowed in recent years, with several actors who had appeared in his films saying they would not work with him again. It has not secured US distribution.

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