Settlements of $68 Million Suit Against Amazon by Woody Allen

Woody Allen
Woody Allen

Woody Allen has finally settled his violation of contract lawsuit against Amazon, which dropped a four-picture deal with the film director amid the #MeToo movement.

Allen’s attorneys and lawyers for Amazon filed a joint petition dispersing the case on Friday night.

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The terms of the settlement were not revealed.

Allen filed suit in February, claiming that Amazon had unilaterally backed out of the deal due to a “25-year-old baseless allegation.” Allen’s daughter, Dylan Farrow, has long claimed that he raped her when she was just seven years old, and Allen has long refused the charge.

Allen alleged that Amazon was completely aware of that dispute when it entered the contract and that the streamer owed him $68 million in minimum guarantee payments.

Amazon shelved the release of “A Rainy Day in New York” in 2018, and then abandon a deal for three more movies. At the time, Amazon cited Allen’s “controversial comments” about the Weinstein case.

In a motion to dismiss part of Allen’s suit, Amazon disagreed that Allen’s remarks on the scandal — in which he warned about a “witch-hunt atmosphere” — had made him an outcast in Hollywood.

“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 told. “Allen’s actions and their cascading consequences ensured that Amazon could never possibly receive the benefit of its four-picture agreement.”

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

It is an unsecured U.S. distribution.