Faces & names: Lohan sues makers of ‘Grand Theft Auto V’
Actress Lindsay Lohan is suing the makers of the popular “Grand Theft Auto V” video game, saying it used her likeness without permission, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday. Lohan accused New York-based Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. and its label Rockstar Games of creating a look-alike character named Lacey Jonas to boost sales, according to the complaint in state Supreme Court in New York.
The Jonas character appears in the game hiding behind a car from paparazzi before asking one of the main characters for a ride. “Please, I’m hardly wearing any makeup,” the Jonas character says. Later, Jonas gets frustrated when the main character doesn’t recognize her. “I’m really famous! I didn’t do anything — this is my average commute,” she says, as they evade photographers.
“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 that were for sale to the public at least two years,” the suit said, according to Forbes.
Take-Two Interactive said it does not comment on legal matters. Neither Rockstar Games nor Lohan or her representatives could be reached for comment.
This is not the first time an actress has alleged that her likeness was ripped off in a video game. A year ago, Ellen Page accused the makers of "The Last of Us" of using her likeness for a character named "Ellie."
"I guess I should be flattered that they ripped off my likeness, but I am actually acting in a video game called ’Beyond Two Souls,’ so it was not appreciated," Page said at the time.