Farrow and Soon-Yi won't testify at Allen trial: lawyer

Thu May 14, 2009 6:22pm EDT
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Woody Allen's ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow and his wife Soon-Yi Previn will not be called to testify at a trial pitting the movie director against American Apparel, a lawyer for the clothing company said on Thursday.

Allen sued the U.S. clothing company for false advertising more than a year ago seeking more than $10 million after the American film director's image appeared on billboards in New York and Los Angeles. Allen says his image was damaged and used for profit without his consent.

Barring a last-minute settlement, the trial is scheduled to start Monday in Manhattan federal court and the 73-year-old Allen may testify.

Allen's lawyers asked the judge earlier this month to prevent American Apparel from calling Farrow and Previn after their names appeared on a possible witness list.

American Apparel lawyer Stuart Slotnick said on Thursday the trial would center on free speech rights.

"American Apparel has no intention of calling Mia Farrow or Mr Allen's wife as witnesses at the trial," he said.

American Apparel CEO Dov Charney and the company's lawyers argue the advertisements did not have a commercial purpose and were intended as a parody.

"At trial we will explain how the use of the image from the 'Annie Hall' film was used to make a social statement and address social issues that were already subject to public discourse," said Slotnick.   Continued...

<p>Mia Farrow poses to the media as she arrives at Hong Kong International Airport May 1, 2008. REUTERS/Victor Fraile</p>