New York, NY (CNS) – Woody Allen has gain leverage in his ugly $10 million lawsuit against clothing giant American Apparel after a judge ruled he does not have to prove their ads are “sleazy.”
The actor/filmmaker has sued the company after they used his image in full Hasidic outfit for their ad campaigns two years ago. He was asking for over $10 million for the unauthorized used of his image, saying the brand is “sleazy,” “adolescent” and “infantile.”
AA lashed back that the 73-year-old “Annie Hall” star overestimated the value of his image.
They got personal when they mentioned Allen’s messy divorce case and his affair with partner Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, who became his wife.
They challenged Allen to back up his “sleazy” allegations and identify the ads which he referred to.
However, as quoted by the New York Post, Manhattan Federal Judge Thomas Griesa said that Allen “would not have voluntarily agreed to endorse” the company’s products on two unauthorized billboards a couple of years past.
“There is no reason to require him to identify specific advertisements that he finds distasteful.”