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NOTORIOUS ACTRESS Lindsay Lohan is suing games developer Rockstar because she is concerned that a young, errant actress character in Grand Theft Auto might be based on her escapades.
Lohan has something of a wild child reputation and there is a character in the game that has some of those characteristics. The character in the game is called Lacey Jonas and is a wild young starlet with a knack for scandal and a need to escape the paparazzi.
The New York Daily News has seen the complaint and according to it there is some concern about the character's attire, which is cut-off shorts, and the character apparently has a nightmare personality.
"The portraits of the Plaintiff (Lohan) incorporated her image, likeness, clothing, outfits, Plaintiff's clothing line products, ensemble in the form of hats, hair style, sunglasses, jean shorts worn by the Plaintiff," says the complaint.
Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5) was released last year, and made some $800m in sales on its first day. Lohan was in a reboot of car movie Herbie. Wikipedia reports that Herbie: Fully Loaded took in $144m worldwide.
The character in the game is something of a joke. She claims to be a decent actress and reckons that she has as many fans as there are people in Africa.
According to the legal complaint filed by Lohan's lawyers, there is an "unequivocal" similarity between their client and the in-game character.
We have asked game developer Rockstar if it wants to comment on this lawsuit. It is not the first time that it has been sued over likenesses, and in one instance at least it has paid out. In another lawsuit, which was seeking a quarter of a million dollars, the games firm was victorious. µ
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