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Lindsay Lohan Just Tried To Sue The Makers Of 'Grand Theft Auto 5'—It Didn't Go So Well

Lindsay Lohan Just Tried To Sue The Makers Of 'Grand Theft Auto 5'—It Didn't Go So Well
Updated 2 months ago

Lindsay Lohan filed a lawsuit against Rockstar Games back in 2014. She alleged that a character named Lacey Jones, who appears in Grand Theft Auto 5, was unlawfully based on her without permission. Lacey appears in a short section of the game entitled "Escape Paparazzi" and is characterized as someone who rocketed to fame only to become a tabloid sensation. Lohan alleged that the character's voice and style were deliberately similar to her own. Rockstar Games tried to have the case dismissed back in 2016, but the court refused.

On Thursday the New York Court of Appeals ruled unanimously against Lohan, saying the character merely had the...

"indistinct, satirical representations of the style, look and persona of a modern, beach-going young woman."

The court ruled that Lohan didn't have a leg to stand on, but they also ruled that a video game likeness does constitute a 'portrait' such as a photograph or video and is therefore subject to the same rules in regards to permissions. That is, apparently, precedent setting.

Many people thought the character actually resembled another celebrity:

But it turns out the character was based on an actual model named Shelby Welinder:

Better luck next time Lindsay!


H/T: Entertainment Weekly, Twitter