Amazon Defends Decision To Terminate Movie Deals With Woody Allen

Written by on April 11, 2019

Fourth Estate Staff

New York, NY, United States (4E) – Amazon is defending its move to terminate its contract with Woody Allen by filing a limited rebuttal to a lawsuit filed by the director, who accused the streaming company of dropping him because of his comments about the #MeToo campaign.

Allen is suing the company in a $68 million breach of contract lawsuit in which he claims that Amazon abandoned their four-film deal after allegations surfaced that he molested his adopted daughter. He alleged that Amazon breached their contract when it failed to release ‘A Rainy Day in New York’.

In response to the case, the company’s lawyers said the sexual abuse accusations against Allen as well as his comments about the #MeToo campaign was injurious to the company and “sabotaged” the films that were being streamed in Amazon.

After besmirched movie producer Harvey Weinstein was hit with sexual abuse allegations, Allen expressed sympathy for him and months later accused his own daughter, Dylan Farrow, for “cynically using the #MeToo movement” to put attention on her claims against her father. Allen made these comments around the time Amazon was trying to promote his film, ‘Wonder Wheel’, and thereby ‘sabotaging’ efforts by the company, BBC reported.

“Allen made a series of public comments suggesting that he failed to grasp the gravity of the issues or the implications for his own career,” Amazon said in a statement, The Guardian quoted. Amazon insists that it was justified in terminating its contract with Allen.

In their filing on Wednesday, the company asked a New York judge to dismiss several portions of the allegations made by Allen.

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