“Grand Theft Auto 5” publisher Rockstar Games says actress Lindsay Lohan, 28, is suing parent company Take-Two Interactive “for publicity purposes," according to the Associated Press.
Lawyers representing the company claim Lohan is only suing the makers of the open world action title for attention, and want to have the lawsuit dismissed, with Lohan left paying the legal fees.
In early July, Lohan filed the suit in New York City, claiming “Grand Theft Auto 5” developer Rockstar Games used her likeness in the action-adventure title, which launched last fall for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Lohan’s lawsuit alleged that in-game character Lacey Jonas was based on her likeness. The suit was filed July 2. Lohan felt the character’s clothing, voice, image and style were extremely similar to her own. The New York City-born actress also alleged 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.
Rockstar Games "incorporated her image, likeness, clothing, outfits, clothing line products, ensemble in the form of hats, hair style, sunglasses, and the jean shorts worn by Lohan without her permission,” the complaint said.
Lacey Jonas is only a minor character in the game – but sadly, her words, actions and insecurities could mirror a number of famous actresses.
When you find Lacey in “GTA 5,” she’s hiding in an alleyway from a mob of paparazzi in Downtown Vinewood. Your mission is to take her home without killing anyone. During your interaction, Jonas continually complains about the burdens of being famous. She also alludes to her vapid lifestyle, spewing out the following phrases:
“I am so fat, oh my God, they cannot get a shot of me!”
“How’s my hair? Do I look cute?”
“I’m the voice of a generation!”
“I’m the closest thing to royalty these people have!”
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