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    Tue, 19 May 2009 11:57:16

    Woody Allen, American Apparel Settle - As do Mel Gibson and <i>Passion of the Christ</i> screenwriter

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    Woody Allen and American Apparel have settled their dispute over the clothier's unauthorized use of Allen's image in advertising. The settlement effectively avoids what would have undoubtedly been a mud-slinging trial where American Apparel planned to call Allen's reputation into question. American Apparel president Dov Charney claimed he did not want to settle, but that the company's insurance firm elected to go that route since they are paying the damages.

    American Apparel has agreed to pay the director a $5 million settlement in the suit that Allen brought against the company in 2007. Jury selection was scheduled to occur yesterday, but the two sides reached an agreement before that happened. Allen was asking for $10 million in damages, stating that the use of his image in the company's billboards tarnished his reputation.

    Another Hollywood lawsuit, revolving around Mel Gibson and his controversial film The Passion of the Christ, has also been resolved. Screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald sued Gibson and several film companies in February of last year, claiming that Gibson had understated the budget for the film, which was a blockbuster in 2004. Fitzgerald was asking for $10 million in damages, claiming that Gibson told him he would not receive any money for the film as it was a gift of faith. Many of the suit's claims had been thrown out, and the settlement was reached last Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Details were not disclosed to the public.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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