Amazon Studios fired on Woody Allen on Wednesday, saying in court that it was "justified to terminate" film deals with the filmmaker and citing his public comments on the #MeToo motion as evidence.
Allen, 83, sued Amazon in federal court on February 7 for at least $ 68 million, alleging that the company's Hollywood division had unduly retracted its make and go commitments. four films. Amazon broke with Mr. Allen in June, citing, among other things, a new emphasis on allegations that he sexually assaulted his daughter, Dylan Farrow, in 1992. He denied any wrongdoing and did not been charged.
Early Wednesday night, Amazon filed an application electronically in the Manhattan Federal District Court seeking to weaken Mr. Allen's trial by dismissing four of his eight claims. For example, Amazon's lawyers challenged the claim that the company was unfairly enriching by making public its partnership – by 2016, before things get worse – in order to attract other writers and directors in his stable.
A spokeswoman for Mr. Allen said that he had no comment.
Amazon's request did not deal with Mr. Allen's principal breach of contract claims, except to clarify in his introduction that the company was "justified in terminating his relationship with Allen and the plaintiffs would not recover by the end of the year." none of the repairs requested. The motion, filed by Robert N. Klieger, known to have been one of the media magnates, Sumner Redstone, The litigators confirmed this statement by describing Mr. Allen as embarrassing in the management of his public image.
"He did not understand the seriousness of the issues or the implications for his own career," Klieger wrote, referring to Allen's public comments from the end of 2017, as the movement #MeToo had swept the world.
Mr. Klieger, for example, quoted a BBC interview in which Mr. Allen seemed to express his sympathy for Harvey Weinstein, the alleged producer in Hollywood. Mr. Allen has also been accused of pouring cold water on the #MeToo movement, stating, "You do not want this to lead to a witch-hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every type of Office that blinks to a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend herself. "
(Mr. Allen then clarified himself, calling Mr. Weinstein, accused of sexual harassment for decades, "a sad and sick man". Mr. Weinstein, who is now facing criminal charges, has denied any wrongdoing.)
In January 2018, when Ms. Farrow again charged Allen with assaulting her at the age of 7, the stars began to distance themselves from him, jeopardizing future movies.
"The response of the film industry has been fast and dazzling," said the document filed by Amazon. "Many actors and actresses have expressed their deep regret for working with Allen in the past and many have publicly stated that they would never work with him in the future." Mr. Klieger added that Mr. Allen's public comments had "effectively sabotaged" the news release. Wonder Wheel, launched by Amazon at the end of 2017, raised $ 1.4 million in North America.
In the meantime, Mr. Allen is considering to shoot a film in Spain, financed by a conglomerate based in Barcelona. It should start production as early as this summer. There was no word on casting or distribution.