Woody Allen has sued Amazon Studios, saying he deserves at least $US68 million ($A96 million) in damages for its refusal to distribute his movie A Rainy Day in New York and its decision to abandon a four-picture production and distribution arrangement.
Allen, 83, has accused the Amazon unit of backing out in June without cause, after allegations had resurfaced that he had in 1992 molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow.
"Amazon has tried to excuse its action by referencing a 25-year old, baseless allegation against Mr Allen, but that allegation was already well known to Amazon (and the public) before Amazon entered into four separate deals with Mr Allen," the complaint said.
"It does not provide a basis for Amazon to terminate the contract."
The breach-of-contract lawsuit was filed with the US District Court in Manhattan.
Amazon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Allen has long denied the allegation by Dylan Farrow and her mother Mia Farrow, who was Allen's longtime partner and starred in several of his movies. He has not been charged.
The allegation gained renewed attention in the MeToo movement, which began in late 2017, and some actors who have appeared in Allen's films have expressed regret working with him.
Australian Associated Press