Lindsay Lohan has reportedly “called in her lawyers” to take legal action over the alleged misappropriation of her image for the cover art of the top-selling video game Grand Theft Auto V, according to TMZ. But other sources say the image in question is based on a different woman.
Celebrity gossip site TMZ said Lohan’s lawyers are “crafting a lawsuit” demanding that Grand Theft Auto V creator Rockstar Games pay Lohan money for the use of her image. The controversy brings to mind other spats over celebrity images, such as Naughty Dog’s alleged use of the likeness of actress Ellen Page for the face of Ellie, a lead character in The Last of Us. Electronic Arts is also embroiled in the controversy over using athletes’ faces without individual permission in NCAA football games.
The cover image on GTA V features a swimsuit model who allegedly resembles Lohan. But Rockstar evidently hired model Shelby Welinder for the image of the bikini girl. TMZ also pointed out that a couple of GTA V’s paparazzi missions, where you help a photographer shoot pictures of an actress in compromising positions, also copy Lohan’s own story, as does a mission where you help an actress escape the paparazzi. No actual lawsuit has been filed yet, and we’ve asked Rockstar for comment.
The bikini girl has seen comparisons to Justine Ezarik (a.k.a. iJustine), actress Yvonne Strahovski, and model Candice Swanepoel. It certainly seems like a stretch to think that the cover image and the storyline (with a different character named Lacey Jonas) will give Lohan enough ammo for a lawsuit.
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