Last month, actress Lindsay Lohan filed suit against Rockstar Games for incorporating her image into Grand Theft Auto V without her permission. Lohan’s lawyers are seeking damages for Rockstar using Lohan’s “image, likeness, clothing, outfits, clothing line products, ensemble in the form of hats, hair style, sunglasses” to create the character of Lacey Jonas.
In retaliation, Rockstar has filed for the lawsuit to be dismissed, claiming that the character only resembles Lohan in that they are both young, blonde females, and that the actress’ legal action was done against them was “filed for publicity purposes,” meaning she just wants attention.
Rockstar’s request asks for the lawsuit to be dismissed and for Lohan to pay for the company’s legal fees.
Again, we still don’t buy the resemblance at face value considering the actress only bears a passing resemblance to the character. Even if Rockstar used Lohan’ reputation as a troubled young Hollywood actress, of which there are handfuls out there, the character of Lacey Jonas would fall under satire, which means it’s protected under free speech laws.
We’ll see if a judge agrees.