Lindsay Lohan sues ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ makers, claims use of likeness

Lindsay Lohan
Actress Lindsay Lohan has filed a lawsuit against the makers of Grand Theft Auto V, accusing them of stealing her likeness for one of the video game’s characters.
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Lindsay Lohan filed a lawsuit against the makers of Grand Theft Auto V, claiming they used her likeness for one of the characters of the popular video game. 

Lohan reportedly filed the civil suit with the state Supreme Court in New York on Wednesday, her 28th birthday. The suit alleges that Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive’s use of a character named Lacey Jonas is an “unequivocal” reference to the “Mean Girls” and “The Parent Trap” actress.

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 on Reddit

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