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Lindsay Lohan sets lawyers on Grand Theft Auto 5

By Rachel Weber

Lindsay Lohan sets lawyers on Grand Theft Auto 5

Thu 01 Sep 2016 8:00pm GMT / 4:00pm EDT / 1:00pm PDT
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Update: Judge dismisses Lohan's case

Update

Remember back in 2013 when Lohan decided to sue Rockstar over their GTA V character Lacey Jonas? Probably not, but for those it has been keeping up at night you can finally rest easy, the lawsuit has been dismissed by the New York County Supreme Court. Also dismissed was the lawsuit by Mob Wives star Karen Gravano, who had a similar issue with the character Andrea Bottino.

"Both Gravano's and Lohan's respective causes of action under Civil Rights Law 51 'must fail because defendants did not use [plaintiffs'] name, portrait, or picture,'" said the ruling.

"Even if we accept plaintiffs' contentions that the video game depictions are close enough to be considered representations of the respective plaintiffs, plaintiffs' claims should be dismissed because this video game does not fall under the statutory definitions of "'advertising' or 'trade'..."

"This video game's unique story, characters, dialogue, and environment, combined with the player's ability to choose how to proceed in the game, render it a work of fiction and satire."

Original story (December 2013)

An American gossip site is reporting that actress Lindsay Lohan, best known for her early roles in Mean Girls and The Parent Trap, has instructed her lawyers to put together a lawsuits against Grand Theft Auto V developer Rockstar.

TMZ reported that Lohan has three major complaints against the game: the side mission where the players helps an actress called "Lacey Jonas" escape the paparazzi; the Paparazzo missions that feature a starlet name Poppy Mitchell who stays at a Vinewood version of the Chateau Marmont hotel; and the the use of her physical likeness for the bikini girl marketing material.

Lohan claims these incidents used her images without her permission, though in the last instance model Shelby Welinder has come forward to claim she was the model for the bikini image and brandished a Rockstar invoice to prove it.

Neither Lohan or Rockstar have confirmed or denied the legal action so far.

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17 Comments

Craig Burkey Software Engineer

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I wonder if she's sued Carly Simon for the song - You're So Vain

Posted:2 years ago

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James Prendergast Research Chemist

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This is probably what they call "strategic marketing"...

Posted:2 years ago

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Lewis Brown Snr Sourcer/Recruiter, Electronic Arts

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"Rolls Eyes" I have played through that game scene and nothing about it reminded me of Lindsay Lohan.

Posted:2 years ago

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Christophe Danguien games developer

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When you didn't think this girl could go any lower, BOUM she comes back with more shit....(IF she really is suing Rockstar)

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Christophe Danguien on 2nd December 2013 2:23pm

Posted:2 years ago

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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I'll repeat a joke I used on facebook. All Rockstar needs to do is show up at court with photos of miss Lohan before her plastic surgeries and say "this isn't her in the game at all" for some laughs at her expense. None of what she's suing for makes any sense, but I think she's looking for/needs a quick payout, as I don't think she's working much these days...

Posted:2 years ago

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Paul Jace Merchandiser

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Poor LiLo. She's fallen so far from where she once was. At this point I think what she really needs is a hug...and a way to jumpstart her career again.

Posted:2 years ago

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Jakub Mikyska CEO, Grip Digital

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I wonder I many fat, gaming-addicted, teenagers are now going to sue Rockstar for using their likeness in GTA V as Michael's son. This could turn ugly for Rockstar.

*sarcasm warning*

Posted:2 years ago

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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant

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Surely Rockstar can win with the defence of "parody".

Posted:2 years ago

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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany

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Poppy Mitchell appears on GTAIV, and she starts the suing now? about Lacey Jonas... yes, they are a bit alike.... but that is because this Lacey is your everyday generic blonde actress cliche. Did she really feel herself identify with that?

"the use of her physical likeness for the bikini girl marketing material"

Does she mean the one with Kate Upton? [link url=""]http://images.lazygamer.net/2013/03/kateupton.jpg [/link]

I think somebody is in the need for some quick easy money here, and R* are not the ones...

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Alfonso Sexto on 3rd December 2013 3:08pm

Posted:2 years ago

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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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You know, nothing in the game ever reminded me of her. Wonder why she is sueing.

Posted:2 years ago

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Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis

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To be fair, the mission about "helping an actress called "Lacey Jonas" escape the paparazzi;" did make me instantly think it was related to her.

Posted:2 years ago

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Rafa Ferrer Localisation Manager, Red Comet Media

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@Barrie - Sure, and I do think that was their intention, but if Rockstar got successfully sued from every individual or intellectual property owner that GTA* reminds of (since it parodies and/or pays homage to almost every popular movie, characters or story that fits their narrative), they would run out of business in two seconds. I don't think she'll get anything out of this besides a free round of PR.

Posted:2 years ago

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Roland Austinat roland austinat media productions|consulting, IDG, Computec, Spiegel Online

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the side mission where the players helps an actress called "Lacey Jonas" escape the paparazzi; the Paparazzo missions that feature a starlet name Poppy Mitchell who stays at a Vinewood version of the Chateau Marmont hotel
Desperate much?

Posted:2 years ago

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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I guess Paris Hilton is pissed off because no one has thought of her for ages. Then again, I never think of Lindsay Lohan at all except when a story about her pops up on GI (little joke there)...

Posted:2 years ago

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Adam Jordan Community Management/Moderation

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Oh look it's that time again, I do wonder if washed up celebs have a "who's time and money do I waste now" bucket list.

Posted:2 years ago

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Steve Wetz Reviewer/Assistant Editor, Gamer's Glance

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This has got to be some kind of publicist scam. Once you've fired your way through every (decent?) publicist in Hollywood, ideas like this are what you end up with.

I actually feel pretty sorry for her, to be honest.

Posted:2 years ago

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Jessica Hyland Artist, Turbulenz Limited

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Really, GI is reporting on gosspiy rumours from TMZ of all places now? Surely there is real news to talk about :/

Posted:2 years ago

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