“So much for the trial of the century,” said Dave Itzkoff in The New York Times. Actor-director Woody Allen has accepted a $5 million settlement from American Apparel for using his image—as a Hasidic Jew, from his movie Annie Hall—on billboards and in online ads. At one point, lawyers for the clothing company had threatened to call Allen’s ex-wife Mia Farrow, and his stepdaughter-turned-wife Soon-Yi Previn, as character witnesses, but now that won’t happen.
“For all his tough talk about First Amendment issues,” said Adam Tschorn in the Los Angeles Times, American Apparel founder Dov Charney “folded like a pair of jersey leggings in his battle” against Woody Allen. But Charney is claiming that it was American Apparel’s insurance company that pushed for a settlement, and he’s not too happy about it.
Charney shouldn’t be too upset, said gossip blog Perez Hilton, because it actually seems that Woody Allen “caved” against American Apparel. Originally, Allen was suing for $10 million, but he ended up settling for half that, and now Charney gets to avoid a long, “drawn-out” trial—not a bad deal. And let’s hope that Allen does the right thing and donates his $5 million to charity.