Director Woody Allen and American Apparel's two-year battle have finally come to an end. American Apparel has agreed to pay Allen $5 million to settle a lawsuit claiming the company used his image on billboards and the Internet without his consent. “Naturally there is some relief of not having to go through a trial, but I also harbor a sense of remorse and sadness for not arguing an important issue regarding the First Amendment, particularly the ability of an individual or corporation to invoke the likeness of a public figure in a satiric and social statement,” said CEO and founder of American Apparel, Dov Charney, who also mentioned that the decision to settle the case was made on behalf of the company's insurance carrier. Good thing this trial is over; it was a weird one.
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