Lindsay Lohan sues over Grand Theft Auto V character likeness

Birthday girl Lindsay Lohan has filed suit against the developers of Grand Theft Auto V amid allegations they used her likeness for one of their characters without permission.

Representatives for the actress threatened to sue in December, three months after the crime adventure was released, after noting the similarities between the Mean Girls star and the animated Lacey Jonas in Grand Theft Auto V.

Now, Lohan followed through with the complaint by lodging papers in a New York court.

In the documents, Lohan's lawyer claims the game's cover image of Jonas as a curvaceous blonde, wearing a slinky red bikini as she flashes the peace sign, is almost identical to a previous shot of the actress posing in a pink swimsuit.

The attorney states that picture, along with a number of other computerised images, "incorporate her likeness, clothing, outfits, clothing line products, ensemble in the form of hats, hair style, sunglasses, jean shorts worn by (Lohan)... before the release of the GTA V videogame".

Her legal rep also cites Jonas' residence at West Hollywood's Chateau Marmont hotel as further evidence the character is based on Lohan as it is "a place where the plaintiff once lived and often frequents".

Lohan, who turned 28 on Wednesday, is demanding unspecified damages for the alleged image violations from bosses at Take-Two Interactive Software Inc and its subsidiary, Rockstar Games.

Grand Theft Auto V was an instant hit upon its release last year after racking up sales of over US$800 million in its first day.

source: newshub archive