Neurotic and brilliant filmmaker Woody Allen settled out of court yesterday and secured $5 million from the uber hipster/sleezy clothing giant, American Apparel, specifically founder Dov Charney A Pocket Full of Rye hd . Allen sued the clothing company for $10 million last year after they ran ads of him in black Hasidic garb in a scene from his film “Annie Hall” without permission.
The deal was reached moments before jury selection was set to start in Manhattan Federal Court, and before Charney’s lawyers could follow through on plans to air Allen’s dirty laundry. The company’s lawyers had made noise about calling Mia Farrow- Allen’s ex and the adoptive mother of his wife, Soon-Yi Previn- as a witness. Still, Charney insisted the dispute was not personal.
Charney had this to say, “Naturally there is some relief of not having to go through a trial but I also harbor a sense of remorse and sadness for not arguing an important issue regarding the First Amendment, particularly the ability of an individual or corporation to invoke the likeness of a public figure in a satiric and social statement.”
and Allen this, “Threats and press leaks by American Apparel designed to smear me did not work, and a scheme to call a long list of witnesses who had absolutely nothing to do with the case was also disallowed by the court.”
Allen’s latest effort, Whatever Works features Larry David and hits theaters June 19th.
Watch the trailer HERE