Amazon has responded to the $68 million breach of contract launched by Woody Allen over the streamer’s severing of their relationship. Amazon filed legal documents in the southern district of New York that cite his response to his son Ronan Farrow’s groundbreaking New Yorker article about allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein.
Allen was quoted saying: 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.” He was also quoted as warning against a “witch hunt atmosphere … where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself”.
Amazon issued a statement saying: “The [Ronan Farrow] article became the catalyst for a broad public reckoning over the persistence of sexual harassment in entertainment and other industries. 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.”
Allen’s own behavior has been called into question of course. His adopted daughter Dylan Farrow has repeatedly accused Allen of sexual assault. Allen responded by saying: “Even though the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time’s Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation, that doesn’t make it any more true today than it was in the past. I never molested my daughter – as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago.”
In response, several stars, including Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Hall, Colin Firth and Timothee Chalamet apologized for working with him in the past and donated their salaries to charities working for victims of sexual violence.
Amazon asserts: “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.”