Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68M, alleging tech giant breached contract with famed director

Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68M, alleging tech giant breached contract with famed director

2:41pm, 7th February, 2019
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. (BigStock Photo) Famed director Woody Allen sued Amazon for $68 million, alleging that the tech giant backed out of a deal to finance and distribute his films over what the lawsuit calls a “25-year-old baseless accusation.” Allen’s daughter, Dylan Farrow, has long alleged that Allen sexually abused her when she was a child. Allen has consistently denied the allegations. In the lawsuit, Allen’s team argues that the allegations were well known when Amazon entered into an agreement with the director and don’t give Amazon a basis for terminating the contract. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in New York, calls Amazon a “technology giant but Hollywood novice.” Amazon sought to capitalize on Allen’s fame to develop its “nascent entertainment studio,” according to the suit, with a deal to “finance and distribute his future films and to be his ‘home’ for the rest of his career.” Allen had this to say in 2017 about Amazon when he teamed with the tech company. “Amazon is a perfect example of a company that’s so successful that someone like me is peanuts and chump change,” Allen said. “These guys make billions. … So they can reach in their pocket and say, ‘Give it to him and shut him up,’ and I make my film, and if it makes a few dollars you don’t even notice it on an Amazon ledger. And if it loses a few bucks they couldn’t care less.” The relationship, however, didn’t last long. Developing story, more to come.