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Don't Mess With Woody!

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Woody Allen is suing clothing company American Apparel for $10 million(!!!!) in compensatory and punitive damages for using his image on Internet ads and billboards.

$10 million is enough to keep his wife/former daughter happy for a very long time! Facials and frappucinos aplenty!

In federal court Monday, Allen said he never endorses services or commercials products in the United States, making the ads "especially egregious and damaging."

According to the Associated Press, the suit is over some billboards that appeared in Hollywood, New York, and online back in May 2007.

The image on the ads is that of Allen, taken from a scene in Annie Hall, showing him dressed as a Hasidic Jew with a long beard and black hat. The text on the billboard is in Yiddish and means 'The Holy Rebbe'.

Allen claims he was never contacted by American Apparel and never allowed the use of his image. He says the billboard falsely implies that he sponsors American Apparel.

In the lawsuit, Allen is described as among the most influential figures in the history of American film and accuses American Apparel of "blatant misappropriation and commercial use of [his] image."

What was American Apparel thinking in the first place????

Would seeing Woody Allen on a billboard really persuade you to buy clothes?

[Image via WENN.]

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108 comments to “Don't Mess With Woody!”

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  1. annoyedbyallen says – reply to this


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    sorry woody allen's likeness is not nearly worth 10 million!

  2. draco malfoy says – reply to this


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    Seventh?

  3. dfd says – reply to this


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    1st

  4. meg says – reply to this


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    ugh

  5. 3rd says – reply to this


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    3rd master

  6. zeb says – reply to this


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    what a creep

  7. first says – reply to this


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    am i first?

  8. lil k says – reply to this


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    Who, in their right mind, would wanna see his fugly punim on a billboard? Still cannot imagine all those stars lining up to work for a perv like him.

  9. Becca says – reply to this


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    That sucks
    I love american apparel

  10. das says – reply to this


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    asd

  11. Mia.. says – reply to this


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    THis guy is not worth $10 mil. He is a pediphile and should be in prison. You know he was all over his and Mia's step daughter when she was little-little. I dislike him , not as much as Mia though. He's a home wrecker and a sexual pervert. Why would any company want this man to represent them?? YUK! GROSS! SICK. Ever see that movie Atonement?? Bingo…

  12. jessica from ecuador says – reply to this


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    PRIMERA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!( al menos en español)

  13. stacy says – reply to this


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    Woody is a beast. YUK to the infinite power.

  14. Chutzpah says – reply to this


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    Oy vey! Always bringing a good Jew problems!

  15. Drea says – reply to this


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    Dont EVER, EVER, EVER hate on Woody Allen.

  16. Ewwww says – reply to this


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    Dirty old man. Go away.

  17. rob in mi says – reply to this


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    Woody Allen has never used his image to endorse any product, so this IS especially egregious. He is probably more interested in punitive damages to send a message to companies to NOT use him image for commercial purposes without his permission which IS a blatant infraction of copyright law. The company in question, American Apparel, are complete idiots to try to rip off such an image in such a public way. They deserve to pay every cent of that 10 million.

  18. DMAN says – reply to this


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    Re: Student
    FUCK YOU THIS IS NOT THE PLACE FOR YOUR SHIT
    WERE ALL HERE TO BASH PEREZ AND THE REST OF YOU FAGS
    GET STEPPIN MISSIE

  19. sarahbears says – reply to this


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    man, i saw a whole thing about the guy that runs that company on the news, he's kinda crazy if i recall correctly. oh well, at least he pays his workers living wages and gives them insurance, how nice of woody allen to cut into that.

  20. susieq says – reply to this


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    American Apparel uses ads that notoriously sexualize young girls — maybe if they strike the right note Woody will share some early pictures of his wife to further the image– images of her in her mothers arms, maybe.

  21. FART!!!!! says – reply to this


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    Come On Pretzel, Dorothy Lucey already reported this on Good Day LA this morning.

  22. sarahbears says – reply to this


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    Re: Mia.. – lol i actually went and read his wikipedia article after i read this comment, i had no idea. …how interesting. creepy shit man.

  23. ck says – reply to this


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    Incredibly stupid move by American Apparel. They deserve the Woodman's wrath here. You just don't use a celebrity to hawk your shit without getting their okay first. Any other celebrity would do the same in this case.

  24. Mary Jenkins says – reply to this


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    Woody Allen's films are usually pretty good. They have a limited audience though because the plots are not as deep as the Hills or Hanaha Montana OMG!

  25. canadian chica says – reply to this


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    Only if I wanted to score with my children. Ew! Since when is pedophilia hot?

  26. Neneh says – reply to this


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    Woody Allen is one of the most shameful persons in American history!

  27. Ann says – reply to this


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    Never would I be interested in anything associated with Woody Allen. I have to agree that every time I see Woody Allen all I think is sick pedophile. Just gross!

  28. america says – reply to this


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    Fucking CHILD MOLESTER!!!!
    I HOPE HE DIES SLOW AND PAINFUL DEATH!!!
    and F American Apparel for using a child molester to promote product.

  29. Miley says – reply to this


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    I mean, let's be honest for a moment, most people don't even know what AA is.

  30. brainchild says – reply to this


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    Doesn't American Apparel advertise on this site?? You better be careful, PPZ, lest they throw your name in the suit!!
    And as Peter Griffin would say "Woody, he said Woody. He, he ,he"

  31. gardner says – reply to this


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    whatever. the dirty bastard is sleeping with a woman his wife adopted and brought up as their daughter. how come no-one talks about that any more?

  32. haha says – reply to this


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    Isn't he a pervert?

  33. woody says – reply to this


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    Re: Drea – you are awesome and i agree.

  34. Fielding Melish says – reply to this


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    Woody Allen is one of the greatest film makers of all time. Truly amazing. He's made a movie every 7-9 months for the last 30 years. The guy is a genius.

    Call him a pervert or call him brilliant, nobody can deny that in 100 years, they will still be watching his movies and studying him on college campuses.

    Ask yourself, what have you done with your life that will be studied 100 years from now? What gives you the balls to call this guy names?

  35. Soon-Ya says – reply to this


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    If Woody Allen wins this case and cashes 10 million, that would be more than any of his movies ever made at the box office. Is he that desperate, he should be flattered that someone thought they could use his image, gee ……..

  36. ally hoffmann says – reply to this


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    ahahhaha fuckin' hipsters.

  37. Hasidic Mick says – reply to this


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    A Jew getting Jewed for being seen as a Jew is going to Jew more Jews.

    Gee.

  38. fuckperez says – reply to this


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    Fuck you for deleting my post. Woody is the man and Perez is the woman.

  39. Cecily says – reply to this


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    First I have to say that I agree with #22 - rob in mi. And I think he will get a lot of money for the misuse of his image.. However I am completley stunned that anyone would want to use it..
    Marrying your adopted daughter is completley insane in my eyes.

  40. kristen says – reply to this


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    It's about time someone sues them. For all the shit they have gotten away they should consider themselves lucky.

  41. Dawn says – reply to this


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    That pedophile boinking his daughter should NOT get a dime!

  42. Jamie says – reply to this


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    Yes

  43. Jamie says – reply to this


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    Re: Dawn – She was well over 18. Do you know the meaning of that word? And boinking?? Really??

  44. DMAN says – reply to this


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    WHY ISNT THIS PERV IN JAIL
    HE SHOULD HAVE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

  45. Tim says – reply to this


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    Re: america – I think it's really sad that everyone is using words like child molester to describe this consentual, of age relationship. Yes, she was his grilfriend's daughter. Is it creepy? Yes. Perverted? Probably. But there is nothing illegal about their relationship. These are serious accusations that have no merit and detract from the severity of the real child molestors out there, who are nothing less than monsters.

  46. Lynne says – reply to this


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    American apparel is not stupid. They had to get permission from somewhere. Probably the production company that holds the rights to Annie Hall. SOMEONE got paid…I'm sure of it.

  47. Justina says – reply to this


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    Filthy human being, period!

  48. F' woody says – reply to this


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    He is so gross, what where they trying to attract child molesters. I don't care if he married her or not. It's wrong and his law suit is retarded!

  49. logan says – reply to this


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    I love Woody. His movies are some the best ever made.

  50. Frank Sinatra says – reply to this


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    HEEEERE SOON YI , SOON YI , SOON YI !! They should be getting divorced soon since, you know, she's getting "older".. Woody gets a woody with the young ones. I wish Mia would of let Frank and his buddies go after him. I will never watch a Woody Allen movie, they suck. YAWN…

  51. Linda says – reply to this


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    woody allen is disgusting. I've never been able to watch anything he's done since he married his kid.

  52. Shane says – reply to this


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    I hate Woody Allen, every single one of his movies suck. Actors only want to be in his movies cause its a right of passage, not cause they are any good.

    But seriously, influential men in acting? Woody Allen? Gimme a break. The little weasle should have gone to jail for being a pedophile.

    Not to mention the fact that he clearly states he does not support American advertising, but hes more than willing to do it in other countries.

  53. MY HUSBANDS WOODY says – reply to this


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    MY HUSBAND SAID ”DONT MESS WITH MY WOODY OR YOU'LL GET A SURPRISE”….HE WAS RIGHT!!! MY HANDS AND FACE GOT SPRAYED WITH HIS LOVE JUICES!!!! SSSLLUUURRRRRRRRRRRRRRPPPPPP!!!

  54. hater says – reply to this


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    I guess Iris isn't as brilliant and she thinks.

  55. John says – reply to this


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    "Shortly after separating from Farrow in 1992, Allen openly continued his relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, Farrow's adopted daughter. Even though Allen and Previn denied he was ever her stepfather, the relationship drew much public and media scrutiny. At the time, Allen was 56 and Previn was 22."
    Her daughter, not his. And can someone tell me when we decided that 22 is a child??

  56. Alli Lohan has cameltoe says – reply to this


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    dirty old jew trying to get more money.

  57. Joe Beer Can says – reply to this


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    marrying your adopted dotor is just sick I say! Do like us southern men do and sleep with your own flesh and blood. Ain't these Yankess got no respect!

  58. Perez Hilton says – reply to this


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    Woody is brilliance. Pure brilliance. "I have a PHD in oral sex…" Love that line.

  59. leah says – reply to this


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    Re: Soon-Ya
    i think you mean soon-YI — and you're a fucking idiot…. you think his films make less then 10M?… only a handful of his films DIDN'T make over $10M… so befor you blabber on about shit you don't know why don't you do a little reseach you fucking retard.

  60. jeeeeennnnniiiii says – reply to this


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    Re: John

    john, the problem is that he lived in the house with the girl while he was married to farrow. she gre wup (at least for part of her life) with him as her step-father. it's pretty obvious that they were carrying on some kind of liasison with her when he was still married to mia farrow. the fact that mia brought the girl into her home out of the goodness pf her heart, and they both betrayed her in such a way is disgraceful, to say the least. i don't need to call him a pedophile to make him seem like a bad person. child molestor or not, what he did was sickening, even if the relationship started when she was of age.

  61. Woody Rocks says – reply to this


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    First of all Asshole, get it right. Soon-Yi was NEVER Woody's daughter, adopted or otherwise. She was the adopted daughter of his girlfriend, Mia "Whack Job" Farrow and her EX-HUSBAND #2, Andre Previn. Woody never even lived in the same house with Mia. Why is that? Because she's FUCKING NUTS! Don't you think Woody would have married Mia at some point if he really loved her? He married Soon-Yi, which means he probably has very real feelings for her. Plus, they have 2 children together. He's made a family with her, which he never did with Mia. That alone should speak volumes. I am so sick of people saying he married his daugher. That is so far from the truth, and it just goes to show that gossipy pigs like Perez Hilton would rather make up something salacious that report real facts. I stand by Woody Allen 100%. He's a genius and he did nothing wrong except fall in love with someone who happened to live in the same house as another woman he was dating. Period.

  62. Truth Teller says – reply to this


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    Hey Nazis:
    Don't fuck with the Woodman!!!!!!!!!!
    He will fuck you up good.

  63. Hey Woody Rocks: says – reply to this


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    Woody had a son with Mia named Satchel (but he changed his name). They also adopted a kid or two together…

  64. Aurora says – reply to this


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    Woody Allen is as unattractive as unattractive gets but I don't blame him at all for going after this company. How nervy of them to do that! He should sue the pants off of them (no pun intended).

  65. Laramee says – reply to this


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    Re: StudentRe: Woody Rocks

    Yes I think we know - do you have to post over and over?

  66. RyPink says – reply to this


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    Woody Allen is a troll.

  67. Claire Randall says – reply to this


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    Re: Tim

    He's still a child molester. He parented Soon-Yi at one point. It was her mother he was having the relationship with. The whole thing is sick and on Biography I saw where Mia Farrow still remembers that ugly day when she saw the porno pictures of them on the mantle, her daughter and her partner together.

  68. Jordan says – reply to this


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    Can that ugly guy from American Apparel with that fucking lame circa 2004 hipster moustache duke it out with Woody? I hope Woody kicks his ass.

  69. Kristen says – reply to this


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    This isn't about Woody's infidelity, this is about using someone's image in a public forum without obtaining permission you dipshits. Although Red has a point.

  70. Woody hooknose child molester says – reply to this


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    He hasn't been funny in 100 years. He's sick in the head too. He needs to hide!

  71. kate says – reply to this


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    Just a quick comment - it is Hebrew, not Yiddish.

  72. theyo says – reply to this


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    Dov is just as much as a pedophile. He put it up because he thought it was humorous, seemed to think it was ok because he is jewish. The sign had to come down that same day in les because of all of the complaints.

    the worst promotion i have ever seen

  73. Soon-Ya says – reply to this


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    Re: leah – Hey Lea, I really meant Soon -Ya, do you mind ? Woody Allen himself has said all along that his movies have made very little money. He gets wonderful reviews but the general public doesn't follow. BTW where did you learn such elegant language, get an education and some manners.

  74. Bette says – reply to this


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    Woody Allen is a skank who married his own daughter. What a revolting human being.

  75. DMAN says – reply to this


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    WOODY GETS ALOT OF WOODEES AROUND CHILDREN

  76. Jennifer says – reply to this


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    Re: Lynne

    Unfortunately for American Apparel, California (as well as many other states) still recognize a celebrity's "right of publicity." It's still a fairly amorphous legal doctrine but I have little doubt that he'll get some money out of this — at least in a settlement. It seems preposterous, but California (being the home of the stars, of course), gives celebrities some pretty broad rights. I read a case about Vanna White winning a right of publicity suit 10-15 years ago — and all the defendant (Samsung Electronics) did was use a ROBOT on a billboard that was dressed like her (i.e. pearl necklace, dress, blond wig). It was placed against a WOF-style background. She was able to get a verdict even though it wasn't ACTUALLY her — just a robot dressed similar to her. That's why I'm fairly certain Woody's gonna get some dough out of this.

  77. Alexandra says – reply to this


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    I think that Woody Allen is worth more than $10 million. Beyond the value of his image, why would American Apparel choose that particular image? Those images, in addition to images of Bar Mitzvah ceremonies donned the walls of American Apparel in Royal Oak, MI and they were neither funny nor did they persuade me to buy clothing. I own one pair of American Apparel leggings that were purchased on a whim to accompany a halloween costume. Despite their mission to provide acceptable working conditions, the CEO has been known to follow less than moral actions during business hours (channeling an article in a Harvard publication about some big-wig at American Apparel receiving fellatio under a table during an interview). Woody Allen would no-doubt look cute in some of the store's deep-V shirts, but I wouldn't necessarily respond to a campaign where he endorses them.

  78. amanda says – reply to this


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    Re: Red – Get your facts straight. You are clearly regurgitating bullshit you heard.. they never lived together. He did not raise her as his own. I am a big Woody Allen and Mia Farrow fan and have read Mia's autobiography.. her words! He might be an asshole for cheating on Mia but he wasn't fucking his daughter.

  79. Staton Assassin says – reply to this


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    When you speak of child molester, pedophile, and asshole are you talking about Woody or Dov?

  80. JEN says – reply to this


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    HE WILL OBVIOUSLY WIN A SETTLMENT, NOT 10 MIL. BUT HE WILL BE THROWN A FEW MIL.
    YOU CANT USE SOMEONES IMAGINE WITHOUT APPROVAL
    DOESNT THE COMPANY HAVE A LEGAL TEAM? IDIOTS

  81. Mike says – reply to this


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    Was American Apparel trying to reach that unattractive over 65 with Asian-child mailorder bride demographic???

  82. Mindy says – reply to this


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    he's a pervie old ugly dude who married his own daughter. I wouldn't buy anything endorsed by his ass!

  83. Sandra says – reply to this


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    Ha. He does not use his image to endorse products in the UNITED STATES. But like many other ego-tastic, Hollywood scumbags, he'll use his image to promote products outside of the US.

  84. thegirlnextdoor says – reply to this


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    Dov Charney would mop the floor with Woody Alan, DOV RULES!! HOPEFULLY THIS CRAP GETS THROWN OUT. I thought woody alen had a sence of f-ing humor, i guess not. Woody alen is some old perv who has tried UNSUCCESFULLY FOR WAAAAY TOO LONG to create something ACTUALLY SEXY. He's just mad because Dov/AA owner is doing it so damn well… he employes THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WITH GOOD PAYING JOBS. 10 mil?? pleaaase!! Woody must need the money…

  85. la-la says – reply to this


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    FUCKIN CUTEST OLD MAN EVER!!!!!!

  86. luke says – reply to this


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    Even though he is kinda a pedofile. gross. love his movies and i hope he sues the fuck out of them.

  87. caroaber says – reply to this


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    When Ireland's Ryan Air used Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni's image without their consent in an advert, their award was closer to $45,000. That Woody is seeking $10 million says a lot about his character.

    He's already sued his onetime best friend, Jean Doumanian, for money. He's a sad, old, predatory step-father. He should settle the suit and then walk away.

  88. p says – reply to this


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    Fuck that old pedofile

  89. AME says – reply to this


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    that's great.. woody and dov…both dirrrrty old guys. both pervs.

  90. jon says – reply to this


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    I love woody allen, he is the coolest, and the only relevant film maker in the game

  91. CHILD MOLESTER says – reply to this


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    HE IS A CHILD PERVE! I DON'T CARE IF HE MARRIED HIS STEP-DAUGHTER. WHY WOULD HE HAVE NUDE PICS OF HER AS A TEEN? HIS LIKENESS IS NOT WORTH 10 MILLION. I NEVER GO SEE HIS MOVIES ANYMORE. TOO BAD, HE CAN BE FUNNY. I WISH I WAS LAUGHING AT HIM BEHIND BARS!

  92. F*CK AMERICAN APPAREL says – reply to this


    92

    I guess American Apparel thinks being a ugly perverted jew is funny/sexy?

    I'll never wear that stuff again.

  93. Motor Home Police says – reply to this


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    Re: John – Hey dum f*ck. I heard he had naked pictures of her as a teenager. And also heard he lived with Mia, and all the kids knew him as their father, while he started playing with her pee pee. He started openly dating her at 22. Too bad, he is a good film maker. I don't line his wallet with my donations anymore. I heard too many stories about his pervertedness. I err on the side of caution when it comes to child molestation.

  94. ughhh says – reply to this


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    This is retarded. American Apparel is one of the best companies out there, from creating a corporation based on sustainable development (bikes provided to save gas, $8.00 and up for factory manufacturing, break facilities, organic lines, employee models). It is a sad day when the epitome of the new "buy american (can't he just sue china for some arbitrary reason?)" with good intentions faces a grandiose lawsuit for something so fickle and dumb.

    There is no way, no matter how many times I watch Sleeper, I will never like him again (personally, pointlessly).

  95. novel1 says – reply to this


    95

    Does a little girl standing on a table, putting her booted foot in the center of her birthday cake make you want to buy their clothes? The whole ad campaign was ridiculous - but now they got their tits in the ringer. Hope Woody wins - no one has the right to use your image to hock their wares unless they pay for it.

  96. Becky says – reply to this


    96

    American Apparel was clearly targeting a different demographic with this advertising. Their customer base doesn't relate to Woody Allen! This is SOOO idiotic, on so many levels, IT my be a FAKE, or a publicity stunt! Is Ashton Kutcher friends with the Wood Man?

  97. M says – reply to this


    97

    Exactly what was AA thinking, but then again the Founder of AA is known to masturbate in front of press, etc. and has many other weird things going on in his life… not to mention the sexual harassment cases against him by employees.
    -
    Not normal business activity over there… if you know what I mean…

  98. tyrant says – reply to this


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    perez, you really should do your research.

    they used the image because american apparel manufactures suits for hasidic jews in ny.

  99. msapelila says – reply to this


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    He's a fucking PEDOPHILE and should have been left penniless to spend the rest of his life with his daughter/girlfriend. BOYCOTT WOODY ALLEN. SICKENING PERVERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  100. WOODY the N.Y. PERVE!!! says – reply to this


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    "During the custody battle, Farrow filed child abuse charges against Allen, involving her other daughter, Dylan. Those charges were later dropped, because the Connecticut state's attorney investigating the case found that although probable cause existed for prosecuting Allen, it was not worth subjecting the child to the possible trauma of a court trial. At the height of the Woody-Mia public fracas, Frank Sinatra, who always had a soft spot for his exes, contacted Farrow offering to have Allen's legs broken" Just read that on wikipedia. He was a perve alright….Sinatra should have done it!

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