By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated June 13, 2002 01:00 PM
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After he settled with his former best friend in a nasty but baffling case involving money that he claimed he was owed, Woody Allen returned to Manhattan’s State Supreme Court on Wednesday to thank the 10 jurors for sitting through a nine-day trial that often left most of them looking dazed and confused by the endless testimony about movie expenses. “I’m sorry for all this,” Allen, 66, told jurors before shaking their hands, reports PEOPLE.com. “I know it was not fun to sit there and listen to all this. It sure was dull.” Allen had only appeared in court three of nine days that the case was before the jury. Two of those days were devoted to his testimony, in which he said that although he was suing his best friend and producer of seven of his movies, Jean Doumanian, he had expected their nearly 40-year relationship to continue as is. After a settlement — terms of which are not being disclosed — was announced in court late Tuesday afternoon, Doumanian shrugged when a reporter asked if the friendship would be revived. (Doumanian also appeared in court Wednesday but did not address the jury.) As for how the case might have played had it gone to the jury, juror Paul Meinel told the Associated Press that he found Allen “entertaining” but rather clueless about money. Juror Ian Lawrence, a retired telephone technician, told the AP, “I would have awarded Woody $1. I believe his advisers pushed him into (filing the lawsuit).” Allen had been asking for $12 million, plus interest.