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Apparel company harassing me: Allen

Actor-director Woody Allen is in fight with American Apparel since last year, when he sued the clothing company for using his image on the company's billboards in Hollywood and New York and on a website. A trial is scheduled to begin next month.

entertainment Updated: Apr 16, 2009 15:42 IST

Actor-director Woody Allen has fired back against American Apparel's effort to drag his personal life into a civil court case, saying the clothing company is harassing him.

Lawyers for the 73-year-old Allen filed new legal papers in federal court in Manhattan on Wednesday. The papers say American Apparel isn't playing fair by trying to expose his family life, personal finances and career. They say it's a "scorched earth" approach.

Los Angeles-based American Apparel was put on the defensive after Allen sued the company last year for putting his image on its billboards in Hollywood and New York and on a website.

The clothing company known for its racy ads, however, argues that it can't have damaged Allen's reputation by using his image because the film director has already ruined it himself.

A trial is scheduled to begin next month.