A clothing company known for its pretty racy ads in magazines & television is fighting a ten million dollar lawsuit brought by Woody Allen, arguing that it can't have damaged his wonderful reputation by using his image because the film director has already ruined it himself a long time ago.
The 73-year-old Allen, who has married two teenagers in his escapades with young ladies, started the fight against American Apparel Inc. when he sued the company last year for using his image on the company's billboards in New York City, California and on the web site, "Woody's Woodpecker".
Allen, who reportedly says he does not endorse products in the United States or Europe and "certain Islands in the Pacific", said he had not authorized the displays, especially with him running nude after teens in American Apparel which the Los Angeles-based company said were up for only a week.
The "Hasidic" one up for only a day.
Now the company plans to make Allen's relationships to actress Mia Farrow and her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn as well as his earlier adventures the focus of a trial scheduled to begin in federal court in Manhattan on May 18, according to the company's lawyer, Philip Blotnick, who also claims the ads were only a spoof.
"Woody Allen expects ten million dollars for the use of his faked naked image on billboards that were up and down in less than one week, much like Woody himself in one minute, according to Ms. Farrow, I think Mr. Allen overestimates the value of his nudity," Blotnick reportedly said Monday.
"Certainly, our belief is that after the various sex scandals that Woody Allen has been associated with, plus some more than are still coming out, corporate America's desire to have Woody Allen endorse their product is not what he may believe it is."