Woody Allen & Amazon Reach Settlement In $68M Lawsuit From 'Manhattan' Director

Brenda Watkins
November 12, 2019

NEW YORK: Woody Allen has ended his $68 million lawsuit against Amazon for backing out of a four-picture production and distribution agreement and refusing to distribute a film he had finished.

Allen initially filed a $68m (£52m) lawsuit in February amid resurfaced allegations that he molested his adopted daughter.

Amazon argued that his comments on the #MeToo campaign "Destroyed" his attempt to promote his new movie.

The film director denied sexual assault on Dylan Farrow, who lost in 1992.

Back in 2016, the director signed a four-film deal with the studio and received a $10 million (£7.8 million) advance payment. However, his first film for the streaming service, A Rainy Day in NY, was shelved in 2018 after his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, repeated allegations that Allen had molested her when she was a child.

Shortly before Amazon withdraw from the agreement, Allen reportedly expressed sympathy for movie producer Harvey Weinstein, who was accused of sexually assaulting dozens of women.

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A few months after these preliminary comments, Allen accused Dylan Farrow of "curiously using the "MeToo Movement" after she repeatedly accused him of beating her at the age of seven".

"Scores of actors and actresses expressed profound regret for having worked with Allen in the past, and many declared publicly that they would never work with him in the future", Amazon's attorneys said.

In Amazon they made a decision to disregard their agreement with Woody Allen for the resurgence of accusations towards the director by Mia Farrow.

Allen's company named Gravier Productions managed to get an global release for "A Rainy Day in New York" this fall, and it has so far grossed $11.5 million in theaters around the world.

Klieger said that Allen's remarks hurt the project, which starred Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Jude Law and Rebecca Hall, and made the film too hard to promote.

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