New York – A federal judge in Manhattan has narrowed Woody Allen's $68 million lawsuit against Amazon.com Inc for backing out of a four-picture production and distribution agreement and refusing to distribute a film he had already completed.
US District Judge Denise Cote's dismissal of four of Allen's eight claims on Wednesday means the filmmaker will have to show that Amazon wrongly abandoned agreements for individual films.
She dismissed claims covering two alleged breaches of the Aug. 2017 multi-picture agreement, an unjust enrichment claim, and an alleged breach related to the first film, the completed "A Rainy Day in New York".
Allen, 83, had sued two Amazon units in February, claiming they could not abandon their distribution plans because of a "baseless" allegation that he had molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in 1992.
The allegation had gained renewed prominence in the #MeToo movement, which began in late 2017.