Case of Woody vs. Ex-Pal Kicks Off
Accusations are already flying in the case that went to court this week between onetime best friends Woody Allen, 66, and producer Jean Doumanian, 67, reports the Associated Press. (Background on the friendship — and the lawsuit — appears in a story in this week’s PEOPLE.) The legal fight is over $14 million that Allen claims Doumanian and her production company, Sweetland, owes him, for his share of the box office after Sweetland produced his movies “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Mighty Aphrodite,” “Everyone Says I Love You,” “Deconstructing Harry,” “Wild Man Blues,” “Celebrity,” “Sweet and Lowdown” and “Small Time Crooks.” On Tuesday, Doumanian’s attorney, Lee A. Armstrong, accused Allen of overstating the amount by $12 million. Armstrong claimed before New York State Supreme Court Justice Ira Gammerman that attorneys for Allen accidentally sent him a document that showed Allen believed he was owed only $2 million, reports the AP. “Their claim is false, your honor,” Armstrong told the jurist. Allen’s attorney, Michael Zweig, said outside the courtroom that Armstrong’s “characterization of the document was completely false and uninformed. It’s not authored by Woody Allen. He’s not seen the document.” Judge Gammerman denied Doumanian’s motion to dismiss the case and said jury selection for the trial will commence on Thursday.