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• Earlier this year, it was reported that Woody Allen has sued Amazon in federal court for at least $68 million, accusing the company of breach of contract because it would not release its films despite having a four-movie deal.

Allen accused Amazon of improperly backing out of their deal because of press attention to allegations that he was guilty of sexual abuse - allegations that never have been proven, and for which he never has been convicted or even charged.

While Amazon made the deal with Allen in 2017, the culture has shifted, especially because of similar charges made against powerful show business men including Harvey vWeinstein, Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K.

Now, the New York Times reports that Amazon is firing back, “saying in a court filing that it was ‘justified in terminating’ movie deals with the filmmaker and pointing to his public comments about the #MeToo movement as proof.”

Amazon cited “cited a BBC interview in which Mr. Allen seemed to express sympathy for Harvey Weinstein, the accused Hollywood producer. Mr. Allen was also seen as pouring cold water on the #MeToo movement, saying, ‘You don’t want it to lead to a witch-hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself’.” And Amazon pointed out that in the wake of the renewed publicity and Allen’s comments, “Scores of actors and actresses expressed profound regret for having worked with Allen in the past, and many declared publicly that they would never work with him in the future.”
KC's View:
I’ll repeat what I said before … I checked, and it looks to me like Woody Allen’s last five movies didn’t together generate a total of $68 million in box office receipts. On that basis alone, I’d question why Amazon even made the deal … especially because it knew Allen’s reputation.

I don’t know if the courts will find that Amazon was legally justified to pull out of the deal. But I certainly don’t blame it. I always was a Woody Allen fan, but I cannot even watch his films anymore. It is all just too distasteful, and just feels wrong.

I think Amazon is right to end its relationship with Allen. After all, a relationship is like a shark - it has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what Amazon and Allen have is a dead shark.