New York, NY: After a year of legal wrangling, Woody Allen and American Apparel have reached an agreement in the lawsuit filed by Allen last year, accusing American Apparel of using his likeness in billboard ads posted in Hollywood and New York.
The ads, which portray Allen as a rabbi, were offensive enough to the diminutive director that he filed a ten million dollar lawsuit.
Reading from a statement outside court, Allen said he hoped the outcome “would discourage American Apparel or anyone else from ever trying such a thing again.”
An American Apparel representative, in turn, said he hoped the outcome “would discourage people from ever watching Woody Allen movies again.”
According to sources, the settlement includes five million dollars, Diane Keaton, and an advertising campaign featuring Allen, according to court documents, not only paid for by American Apparel, but also featuring Allen as “somebody decidedly non-Jewish, like a cowboy or a Spanish lover.”
A spokesperson for American Apparel has stated that the company will not only appeal the ruling, but also to counter-sue Allen for “releasing horrible films for the past twenty years and wasting the time and money of American consumers – money that could have been spent in American Apparel stores.”