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Woody Allen sues American Apparel

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Woody Allen sues American Apparel

Rex Features

Woody Allen is suing American Apparel for the unauthorised use of his image in its billboard advertisements.

The posters from the clothing brand appeared for one week at sites in New York and Hollywood and featured a still photograph of Allen dressed as a Hasidic Jew from his 1977 movie Annie Hall.

Allen said: "They're not classy. If I'm going to do a commercial, it would have to be for, as I said, a large amount of money.

"It would have to be very clever, kind of witty or intellectual-style commercial, and it would have to be for a product that would enhance my image."

American Apparel claimed that Allen's image rights are not worth the $10 million he is suing for because of the damage allegedly already done to the director's reputation by his marriage to adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn.

Allen's lawyers have said that the firm's request for court documents regarding the withdrawal of endorsements after his marriage was "vexatious, oppressive, harassing" and not relevant to the case.

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