Lindsay Lohan has made good on a threat to sue the makers of the Grand Theft Auto video game series for creating a character that the actress says looks way too much like her – and they didn’t even ask her permission, she charges.
The New York Daily News reports that the “Mean Girls” actress filed court papers in Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday, which happens to be her 28th birthday.
Her beef: That game-maker Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. is illegally using her image for the minor character known as Lacey Jonas, an actress of “romantic comedies and cheerleader musicals” in Grand Theft Auto V.
Lacey is anorexic, believing that she is fat because of French fries, which she will only suck on because they’re so high-calorie. Hounded by the paparazzi, Lacey claims that she has so many fans that “they could fill the entire country of Africa.”
Lindsay apparently recognizes herself in Lacey, who in the game stays at the Hotel Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, “a place where the plaintiff once lived and often frequents,” the lawsuit states.
“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” before the game was released, the papers say.
The lawsuit also notes that other companies pay Lohan for using her likeness, but that Take-Two did not.
She’s looking for unspecified damages. Sales for the game, released in September, hit $800 million on its first day.