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Tuesday, 26 June, 2001, 11:41 GMT 12:41 UK
Woody Allen sued over contract
Woody Allen
Allen sued over film profits in May
Hollywood movie producer Jean Doumanian has struck back against Woody Allen, claiming the director's breach of contract suit against her is baseless.

In her own countersuit, filed on Monday in the state court in Manhattan, Doumanian claims that Allen was overpaid on the disputed films - including Bullets Over Broadway and Small Time Crooks.

She also says that Allen's "self-indulgent conduct and profligate spending'' vastly increased the cost of the films.

Allen  with Tracey Ullman in Small Time Crooks
Allen with Tracey Ullman in Small Time Crooks

Acclaimed director and actor Allen sued Doumanian, his long-time producer, in May claiming he had been cheated out of profits.

Allen alleged that Doumanian and her production company failed to give him regular and accurate financial information about eight of his films' earnings.

A statement released on Allen's behalf on Monday said: "Mr Allen is going to continue not to comment on the details of the suit."

'Savings'

Doumanian's counterclaim says the total costs for seven of the eight films produced and financed by her company were to be offset against total profits.

The countersuit says some of the films were profitable and some were not, and that Allen has been paid all the profits to which he was entitled.

It also alleges that Doumanian's company, Sweetland Films, saved Allen about $15m (10.6m) by investing additional money when his films went over budget but without charging him interest.

Allen's court papers, filed at Manhattan's State Supreme Court, said that only the first three movies of the eight financed by Sweetland Films had written agreements while the rest were oral.

The agreements, according to the court papers, said Allen's company, Moses Productions was entitled to receive half the "adjusted gross proceeds" Sweetland receives from the distribution of the films.

Allen's court papers said that because Doumanian had given him and his company no financial information, he was unsure how much she owed him.

He ended his agreement with her in March 2000 when he signed with Dreamworks.

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