Business Insider reports that Lindsay Lohan’s lawsuit against Grand Theft Auto V has been thrown out. Previously, Lohan targeted Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive over the use of a character Lohan claims is an unauthorized use of her image.
There was a blond actress character in the game who Lohan claims was ripping her off. Court documents reportedly stated, “The images are not of Lohan herself, but merely the avatar in the game that Lohan claims is a depiction of her.”
Ultimately, the lawsuit was thrown out by the state of New York. The court ultimately ruled n favor of Rockstar since the game “never referred to Lohan by name or used her actual name in the video game, never used Lohan herself as an actor for the video game, and never used a photograph of Lohan.” As a result, the lawsuit has been dismissed. The court argued that since GTA V is a “work of fiction and satire” then the “images are not of Lohan herself, but merely the avatar in the game that Lohan claims is a depiction of her.”
This lawsuit was beyond frivolous, and it shouldn’t have even gone forward at all. Lohan doesn’t have ownership of blonde actresses who might have issues with the law. It sort of shows how much trouble Lohan routinely gets in that she’s claiming such a character is based on her. Even if Lohan did inspire this character, the game is a protected work of fiction and satire. She can’t claim ownership of a character like that.
Thankfully, this is a case where common sense prevailed.