Audrey Hepburn’s son from her first marriage has said that the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund is going too far in using the actress’ name. Sean Ferrer, who helped found the charity upon his mother’s death in 1993 before later resigning as its chairman, filed a lawsuit in California federal court this Thursday.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals.
The lawsuit is in some ways a mirror image of the one filed by the charity in February.
The Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund (also known as Hollywood for Children) has already objected to the way that Ferrer “seeks to entirely control, limit and prohibit the Fund from using the Hepburn IP unless it is willing to pay a significant portion of the fundraising proceeds to a charity of Ferrer’s choice, or to simply preclude the Fund from utilizing the Hepburn IP altogether.”
In his own lawsuit, Ferrer says that is both his right and his half-brother, Luca Dotti’s, too.
According to the complaint, both were the principal heirs of the estate, and under Swiss law, both jointly inherited Hepburn’s rights and have subsequently filed for trademark registrations. The two are said to have come to an agreement between themselves that no third party may obtain a global, limitless, perpetual license, and that any license requires joint consent.
The Hollywood Reporter Full Report