Lindsay Lohan has seen her fair share of court rooms. The dwindling star, best known for ‘Mean Girls,’ has had trouble with sobriety and the law for much of her adult life. But this time it’s Lindsay who is doing the finger pointing. Lohan has recently filed lawsuits against Grand Theft Auto makers, Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive Software, claiming the gaming company stole her image.
Lindsay claims that a minor character in the popular games, Lacey Jonas, bares an extreme resemblance to her own image. The lawsuit also claims the game features the Chateau Marmont hotel, where Lohan made a temporary residence of while living in West Hollywood. In addition, there is a side mission in which the gamer must help Lacey outrun the paparazzi. The lawsuit goes as far as to interject that even Lohan’s voice and clothing line are recognizable during game play.
Lohan is not the first D-list celeb to go after the popular GTA franchise. Earlier this year VH1’s ‘Mob Wives’ star, Karen Gravano, sued the game makers for using her likeness and life story as a basis for another of the game’s minor characters. That suit is still pending, as Rockstar believes that works based in fiction and satire, like GTA, are protected from these claims lobbied against them.
Grand Theft Auto V made $1 billion in its first three days after release. The series has become a staple in many video game collections. The game is an obvious and unapologetic winner, despite controversy surrounding the violent and misogynist gameplay. Whether Lohan will be a winner is yet to be seen.