News

Lindsay Lohan sues ‘Grand Theft Auto’ maker

Lindsay Lohan sues ‘Grand Theft Auto’ maker

'GRAND THEFT:'Lohan was once one of Hollywood's most sought-after young actresses with starring roles in movies such as 1998's "The Parent Trap" and 2004's "Mean Girls," but of late has become better known for her legal woes that include theft and reckless driving. She has been to rehab six times. Photo: Associated Press

By Curtis Skinner

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actress Lindsay Lohan is suing the makers of the popular “Grand Theft Auto V” video game, saying it used her likeness without permission, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday.

Lohan accused New York-based Take-Two Interactive Software Inc and its label Rockstar Games of creating a look-alike character named Lacey Jonas to boost sales, according to the complaint in state Supreme Court in New York.

For months ahead of the game’s release, the complaint said, the companies promoted the Lacey Jonas character and a side plot in which players must rescue her from swarms of paparazzi.

Lohan was once one of Hollywood’s most sought-after young actresses with starring roles in movies such as 1998’s “The Parent Trap” and 2004’s “Mean Girls,” but of late has become better known for her legal woes that include theft and reckless driving. She has been to rehab six times.

The in-game Jonas shares similarities with the real-life Lohan, including her voice, image and outfits from her clothing line, the complaint said. The game also features the Hotel Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, California, where the actress once lived.

Claiming that the game violates her privacy rights under New York law, Lohan is seeking undetermined damages.

A spokesman for Take Two declined to comment.

The 16-year-old “Grand Theft Auto” franchise has won numerous awards and become embedded in popular culture over the years.

But the criminal drama and action-adventure series has also stirred controversy over the violent and adult nature of its content.

“Grand Theft Auto V” was released in September 2013 and exceeded $800 million in global first day sales.

(Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Gunna Dickson)

Recent Headlines

in Sports

Mayweather defeats Pacquiao in decision

Mayweather via Twitter

Two judges favored Mayweather 116-112, while a third had it 118-110. The Associated Press scored it 115-113 for Mayweather.

in Sports

NHL Playoffs: Rangers even things up

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) snags a shot on goal by the Montreal Canadiens during the first period in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference finals, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in New York.

Henrik Lundqvist made 26 of his 30 saves in the final 40 minutes to preserve the victory.

in Sports

Jets trade for Rams’ Stacy

St. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy (30) celebrates after scoring on a 1-yard run as teammate Cory Harkey (46) watches during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in St. Louis.

Jets also draft Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty with a fourth-round pick.

in Local Sports

WWU softball season ends with 9-5 loss to MSUB in GNAC championship game

GNAC logo

Vikings, looking for third straight loser-out win, unable to hold onto 5-2 lead

in Sports

Paul lifts Clippers past Spurs, 111-109 in Game 7

Chris Paul via Twitter

The Clippers, who faltered at home in Games 2 and 5, move on to face the Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals starting Monday night in Houston.