Tensions are running high between Amazon and Woody Allen, with Amazon saying the legendary director “sabotaged” his own films with his #MeToo comments, the U.K. publication The Guardian reports.
In response to a $68 million breach of contract legal action filed by Allen over the dissolution of his pact with Amazon, Amazon says Allen’s own comments were to blame for the failure of his movies, justifying the cancellation of the multi-picture deal, The Guardian reports.
The report adds: “In legal documents filed in the southern district of New York, Amazon cited Allen’s response to his son Ronan Farrow’s landmark New Yorker article about allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein, in which Allen was quoted as 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 released 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.”
The Guardian adds: “After numerous actors, including Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Hall, Timothée Chalamet and Colin Firth, expressed their regret at having worked with him, Allen said: ‘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.’”
The report quotes Amazon’s claim saying: “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.”