The lawsuit between Woody Allen and Amazon has come to an end.
Amazon hit back at the director after a $68-million breach of contract claim filed by Allen over the cancellation of its multi-picture deal with the director.
According to the Guardian, Amazon filed documents responding to Allen’s suit, citing the director’s response to allegations of sexual misconduct surrounding both himself and Harvey Weinstein as the basis for ending the contract.
“The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved … Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that his life is so messed up,” Allen had said publicly, following the publication of a New Yorker article written by his son Ronan Farrow.
“The [Ronan Farrow] article became the catalyst for a broad public reckoning over the persistence of sexual harassment in entertainment and other industries,” Amazon said in a statement. “Despite immediate consensus on the importance of acknowledging and addressing this issue, 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.”
In response to accusations against himself, Allen made a number of statements publicly, including, “I should be the poster boy for the #MeToo movement … I’ve worked with hundreds of actresses and not a single one – big ones, famous ones, ones starting out – have ever, ever suggested any kind of impropriety at all.”
According to Amazon, “Allen’s statements came out just as Amazon and Allen were preparing to promote Allen’s film ‘Wonder Wheel’, effectively sabotaging those efforts … Understood in the broader context, Allen’s actions and their cascading consequences ensured that Amazon could never possibly receive the benefit of its four-picture agreement.”
The contract with Allen was officially ended after production finished on his film “A Rainy Day in New York” in 2018.
At the time, Amazon cited “renewed allegations against Mr Allen, his own controversial comments and the increasing refusal of top talent to work with or be associated with him in any way.”
On Friday, both parties filed paperwork to dismiss the lawsuit. The terms of the settlement were not revealed but a source told Deadline “there were no winners in this in the end.”