Apr 4, 2019
Amazon defends cancelling Woody Allen film deal
Amazon Studios has said it was "Justified" in terminating its film deal with Woody Allen. Allen is suing the company, claiming it abandoned a four-film deal amid resurfaced allegations he molested his adopted daughter. In a response filed on Wednesday, the company asked a New York judge to reject portions of the case, saying it went into a deal with Allen in August 2017, two months before allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein sparked a wider backlash against alleged abuse in the entertainment industry. Amazon pointed out a number actors expressed their regret at working with Allen and stars including Rachel Brosnahan, Colin Firth and Michael Caine vowed never do so again. "Understood in the broader context," said Amazon, "Allen's actions and their cascading consequences ensured that Amazon could never possibly receive the benefit of its four-picture agreement."
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