People: May 21, 2001

MANHATTAN MONEY MYSTERY

WOODY ALLEN filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court claiming that Jean Doumanian, his producer, collaborator and friend of 40 years, bilked him out of profits from his last eight films. Friends of Allen and Doumanian were shocked that the former partners may do battle in court. Industry observers were shocked to discover that there were profits from those films. The suit alleges that Doumanian deprived Allen of his guaranteed 50% share of the gross proceeds from his films since 1993. The eight movies in question (spanning from Bullets over Broadway to Small Time Crooks) grossed $67.1 million...

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