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Woody Allen Thanks Jurors

June 12, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Filmmaker Woody Allen returned to court Wednesday to thank jurors for sitting through a nine-day trial that ended in a settlement with the two producers he had accused of cheating him out of $12 million.

``I’m sorry for all this,″ a sheepish-looking Allen told jurors. ``I know it was not fun to sit there and listen to all this. It sure was dull.″

Terms of Tuesday’s settlement with producer Jean Doumanian and her business partner and boyfriend Jacqui Safra were not released.

Allen, 66, had accused the pair unfairly cut him out of profits on eight movies they had made together.

Doumanian was in court Wednesday but did not comment on the case. Safra was not in court and could not immediately be reached for comment.

A defense lawyer said in opening statements that Doumanian had been a ``heroine″ who rescued Allen’s movie career. Safra said they backed Allen financially because they wanted to help ``a friend in need.″

Juror Paul Meinel, 36, said Wednesday he found Allen ``entertaining″ but not very concerned about money.

Juror Ian Lawrence, a retired telephone technician, said he would not have given Allen much if the case had gone to the jury.

``I would have awarded Woody $1,″ Lawrence said. ``I believe his advisers pushed him into (filing the lawsuit).″

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