April 22, 2009 by Ryan Prescott (IPilogue Editor)
Last year, writer/director/actor Woody Allen launched a $10 million suit against clothing maker and retailer American Apparel over their unauthorized use of his image on a billboard advertisement. The trial is set to go before a jury on May 18th. However, on April 15th it was reported that Allen brought an additional complaint to the court claiming that American Apparel’s lawyers had gone too far in their discovery requests, in particular by seeking information regarding Allen’s past sex scandals.
Lawyers for the clothing maker are expected to take a no holds barred approach and argue that Woody Allen’s past actions have damaged his reputation in North America such that the commercial value of his image is worth less than Allen claims. This is expected to include bringing up details of his well known affair with and subsequent marriage to his ex-wife’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn.