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Woody Allen Sues Amazon Over Movie Deal

By William Vogeler, Esq. on February 11, 2019 2:10 PM

Love him or hate him, there's no denying Woody Allen always gets into awkward situations.

His off-beat, deer-in-the-headlights look has been the face of his humor for generations. His off-center, abnormal behavior, on the other hand, has been tragically unfunny.

According to reports, that dark side brought down a four-picture deal. In Gravier Products v. Amazon Content Services, however, Allen says his past had nothing to do with it.

That Dark Side

Paradoxically, the four-time Oscar-winner is probably most famous for his split from his wife and later marriage to her adopted daughter Soon-Yi. Mia Farrow told the ugly story in her memoir, "What Falls Away."

Justice Elliot Wilk awarded custody to Farrow in 1993, based in part on testimony of child abuse. The judge said Allen's behavior was "grossly inappropriate."

Allen went on to make more movies, but never escaped the taint. He had a contract to make pictures for Amazon Studios, then Amazon suddenly pulled out.

In his lawsuit, Allen says executives based their decision on "renewed allegations" against him. His lawyers don't say exactly what the "renewed allegations" are, but everybody already knows.

"Well Known to Amazon"

Quinn Emmanuel says Amazon has tried to excuse itself by referencing "a 25-year-old, baseless allegation." The law firm says the allegation was "well known to Amazon" before it entered the deal with Allen.

Courthouse News reported that it was about Dylan Farrow, who said Allen molested her when she was seven years old. The allegation resurfaced in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

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