Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan is suing “Grand Theft Auto 5” developer Rockstar Games for allegedly using her likeness in the action-adventure title, which was launched last fall for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
According to Yahoo Finance, Lohan’s lawsuit alleges that in-game character Lacey Jonas is based on her likeness. The suit was filed Wednesday in New York City, where Rockstar is based. Lohan feels the character’s clothing, voice, image and style are extremely similar to her own. The New York City-born actress, who turns 28 today, also claims the game depicts West Hollywood’s famous Chateau Marmont hotel, where Lohan once resided.
In "GTA 5," Lacey Jonas is depicted as a famous actress who suffers from anorexia and is constantly on the run from paparazzi.
“Grand Theft Auto 5” takes place in the fictional city of Los Santos, which is based on real-life Los Angeles. As a result, it's not a stretch for the game to feature characters who are similar to attractive, young Hollywood actresses.
Rockstar is owned by Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ: TTWO), which is also based in New York City.
“Grand Theft Auto V" was launched in October for the Xbox 360 and PS3 and is an open-world action game developed by Scotland-based Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games.
“GTA V” received highly favorable reviews, and it was the 15th installment in the “GTA” series and the first game since 2008’s “GTA IV.” The Spike Video Game Awards gave the title the Most Anticipated Game award in 2012. Following its release, the game received the Game of the Year award at the 2013 Golden Joystick Awards. Only three days after its release, IGN listed “GTA V” as second on its list of “Top 25 Xbox 360 Games.”
Within just 24 hours of its release, “GTA V” generated more than $800 million in revenue, which equates to selling around 11.21 million copies. Three days after its release, the title had surpassed $1 billion in sales. By Oct. 7, nearly one month after the game’s Sept. 17 release date, “GTA V” became the largest digital release in the PlayStation Store for the PS3. The game also received a score of 8/10 on Gamespot.com.