Allen Fires Back at Clothing Company over Soon-Yi

Woody Allen has fired back at bosses of a clothing company, insisting they’ve engaged in a “despicable effort to intimidate” him by dragging up details of his marriage to adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker, 73, filed a $10 million lawsuit against bosses at American Apparel last year, claiming advertising chiefs used his likeness on billboards without his consent.

He was depicted dressed as a rabbi in ads placed across New York and Los Angeles.

Lawyers for the clothing company’s boss Dov Charney claim that Allen’s well-publicized troubles with ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow, and his marriage to their adopted daughter Previn, have soiled his reputation and insist the director’s endorsement isn’t worth a multimillion-dollar payout.

Allen’s lawyers fired back in a Manhattan federal court filing on Wednesday, saying: “The clear, underlying objective of this latest… campaign is to seek to tarnish Mr. Allen’s reputation a second time.”

His lawyers also allege the director has received “numerous unsolicited (advertisement) offers… most in the multimillion-dollar range”.

The case is due to go to trial on May 18 in Manhattan Federal Court.

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