Audrey Hepburn's son sues charity over use of mother's name

Sean Hepburn Ferrer, son of the late actress Audrey Hepburn, attends an exhibition displaying his mother's personal collection by auction house Christie's in Hong Kong, China on Sept 1, 2017.
Sean Hepburn Ferrer, son of the late actress Audrey Hepburn, attends an exhibition displaying his mother's personal collection by auction house Christie's in Hong Kong, China on Sept 1, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A son of the late actress Audrey Hepburn on Thursday sued a children's charity to stop it from putting the Hepburn name on a wide array of clothing, handbags, portraits, umbrellas and other items.

Mr Sean Hepburn Ferrer, who once chaired the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund, accused it of infringing trademark and other rights belonging to him and Mr Luca Dotti, his half-brother.

The two had founded the charity, which was once called Hollywood For Children, following their mother's 1993 death at age 63.

Mr Ferrer's lawsuit follows one that the charity filed against him in February.

The charity said his "increasingly hostile actions" impeded its ability to take part in exhibitions and raise money, and sought to stop his alleged interference.

In Thursday's lawsuit, Mr Ferrer said he resigned as chairman in 2012 amid disagreements over spending.

Hepburn starred in many successful 1950s and 1960s films, including Breakfast At Tiffany's and My Fair Lady. She devoted much of her later life to charity, becoming a Unicef goodwill ambassador.