NEW YORK – There's no Hollywood Ending in sight for Woody Allen — just a bitter legal dispute over millions of dollars he claims is owed by his former friend and business partner, Jean Doumanian.
The first barbs in the looming battle were fired yesterday when lawyers for Doumanian claimed that Allen's advisers can't even make up their minds on whether he thinks he is owed $14 million or $2 million.
Allen, 66, who recently overcame his reclusive self to make high-profile appearances at the Oscars and Cannes Film Festival, will take the stand in Manhattan Supreme Court after it starts next week.
In a preliminary hearing yesterday, lawyer Lee Armstrong, who is representing Doumanian and her partner in Sweetland Films Jacqui Safra, said Allen had initially alleged he was owed $14 million in profits from eight films.
But he said another document had been "inadvertently" handed over that showed Allen's advisers believed he was owed only $2 million.
Allen's lawyer Michael Zweig argued that Armstrong's statements were "completely inaccurate" and said Allen never signed the document.