Lindsay Lohan is filing a law suit against the creators of Grand Theft Auto V. The actress is reportedly concerned that a character within the game, Lacey Jonas, is based on her.
Lindsay Lohan, despite the drug addictions and frequent rehab stints, has made it to 28! The actress celebrated her birthday yesterday (2nd July) by filing a lawsuit against gaming companies Rockstar and Take Two Interactive over a character she believes is uncannily like her in Grand Theft Auto V.
What do you think, does Lacey look a bit like Lohan? She certainly acts like her
The character in question, Lacey Jonas, is an air brained Hollywood starlet concerned with her appearance and escaping the paparazzi. As TMZ reports, in the game, one mission involves rescuing Jonas from paparazzi, whilst another requires the player to sneak into a hotel in order to film Jonas having sex. As the Independent reports, the character allegedly based on Lohan shouts during the former scenario "I am so f*cking fat, oh my God they cannot get a shot of me," and "Don't hurt them [the paparazzi], I don't need any more lawsuits!"
TMZ first broke the news in December and it was quickly brushed away as being merely scandal mongering. But, as it was revealed today (3rd July) Lohan's legal representatives are filing a suit against the game's creators Rockstar and Take Two Interactive.
Lohan's case appears to rest on the two key points. Firstly, the character does bear a passing resemblance to the actress. Although it could quite easily be, as TMZ suggests, Kate Upton or Shelby Welinder. Secondly, the hotel in which the character is required to film Jonas having sex resembles L.A.'s Chateau Marmont. Lohan frequents the hotel and also lived there in 2012 whilst filming the Elizabeth Taylor biopic Liz & Dick.
Lindsay Lohan hangs out at the Scary Movie 5 premiere - photo: Getty 2013, Michael Buckner
Presumably the creators of Grand Theft Auto V will be subpoenaed and asked, under oath, to reveal who was the inspiration behind Lohan and if they did use the actress as a basis for Lacey Jonas. However, it seems unlikely Lohan will win this battle as the character would be considered a parody and not an actual representative of the actress. Thus, under US Copyright laws, is considered legal.