Woody Allen Wins $5 Million Settlement from American Apparel

It’s finally over!

Woody Allen agreed today to accept a $5 million settlement from American Apparel.

This is reported to be the largest amount ever paid under the New York Right to Privacy Statute.

Allen had sued American Apparel in March 2008 for using his image on their billboards, storefront banners, corporate headquarters, and internet website without permission. The settlement comes on the day a jury trial was set to begin in Manhattan. One week earlier, the Court had rejected American Apparel’s principal defenses.

Allen issued a pretty loaded statement today.

“American Apparel calculatingly took my name, my likeness, and image and used them publicly to promote their business. Threats and press leaks by American Apparel designed to smear me did not work and a scheme to call a long list of witnesses who had nothing to do with the case was disallowed by the court. I hope this very large settlement will discourage American Apparel and others from doing this type of thing to myself or others in the future.”

I’m just happy the drama’s all done!


Queen Latifah’s Getting Sued

After celebrating her birthday at a star-studded party this weekend, Queen Latifah’s Monday got off to a potentially bad start.

Reuters reports indicate that two lawsuits were filed against the singer-actress today by a makeup artist and stylist.

The two claim they are owed hundreds of thousands of dollars for their services over the past five years, according to the news item.

In two separate lawsuits filed in Manhattan federal court, cosmetics consultant Roxanna Floyd and fashion stylist Susan Moses accused the Grammy Award-winning singer, whose real name is Dana Owens, of breach of contract.

Floyd claimed she is owed more than $700,000 for helping develop, produce and market the “Queen Collection,” which is the singer’s line of cosmetics for CoverGirl.

Moses claimed she is owed more than $300,000 including for advising Owens, 39, in her role as the spokeswoman and model for “Curvations,” a lingerie line that targets fuller figured women.

The lawsuits said Floyd and Moses ended their working relationships with Owens in February 2008. Both women have also consulted for Owens in her film roles, including “Hairspray” in 2007.

A spokeswoman for Owens was not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Michelle Nichols and Paul Simao)