Lindsay Lohan Sues Over GTA 5, Claims Rockstar Used Her Image Without Permission

Mean Girls actress files lawsuit against Take-Two, saying Lacey Jonas is an "unequivocal" reference to Lohan.

Actress Lindsay Lohan has launched a lawsuit against the makers of Grand Theft Auto V, claiming Rockstar Games used the Mean Girls star's likeness without permission in the blockbuster game. The formal lawsuit was filed today in Manhattan court, according to an Associated Press story.

The suit claims GTA V's character Lacey Jonas is an "unequivocal" reference to Lohan. It also goes on to say that Lohan's entire image (including her voice and clothing styles) were used without permission in GTA V.

The game includes a mission that has players taking home a Lohan-like character to escape the paparazzi. There's even a mission at a hotel that resembles Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood--where Lohan formerly lived for a period of time.

During the mission where you save Jones from the paparazzi, Jonas loses it when Michael says he doesn't know who she is. "I'm the voice of a generation!" she exclaims during conversation.

An initial report from TMZ back in December 2013 claimed that Lohan's lawyers were in the process of drafting a lawsuit. There's no mention today of what Lohan hopes to recover from the lawsuit, but the previous report said Lohan was demanding "serious money."

GTA V launched in September 2013, generating over $1 billion in revenue in just 72 hours. The game has since shipped 33 million copies on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 alone. Sales are likely to only increase further, as the game is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC this fall.

A representative for Take-Two declined to comment.

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ItsBriskBaby
ItsBriskBaby

Lohan you are a lowlife drug addict and people like you are fk'n morons.

gtavtusk
gtavtusk

I think we all know why she wants the money, cocaine is an expensive drug...

Onvi
Onvi

The alley paparazzi were hostile enough to be drug dealers.

x6332823
x6332823

Is today "April Fool's Day"?
I go to the beach a lot of beautiful girls I feels a little bit similar in the game, but I don't think is similar with you.

watchdogsrules
watchdogsrules

if Lindsay Lohan really thought that they used her likeness she would have sued them 9 months ago not 3 months after the release of the video game. that's how I know she just trying to make a little money and trying to make a comeback.

dannydopamine8
dannydopamine8

she should write a book on getting people to hate you

VoidSECT
VoidSECT

I took her to the Altruist Cult...never regret it.

deadpen
deadpen

Did she just wake up from a drug induced coma? Where has she been for months, I think there should be a 30 day limit on suing someone for things like this. 

Let me guess she is going to go to court (drunk or high I'm sure) and tell the judge that the character worried about paparazzi taken pics of her without makeup is a copy of her life. Cause you know, she never draws attention to herself with blood on her nose or crap stains on her torn hose.

deebodk
deebodk

Yeah, because the first thing I thought when I ran into this character in the game was "Damn! This character looks and acts just like Lindsay Lohan!"..... Sure Lindsay :facepalm:

slappy54
slappy54

In their sophomoric attempts at satire, they may have actually been inspired by Lohan.

brandonmshanks
brandonmshanks

This is stupid, its not lindsay lohan in the game. You can tell because whenever the character get out of a vehicle you cant see her vagina.

vknyvz
vknyvz

Dear Lohan, 

Are you still alive? wow i didn't really know this. Aren't you supposed to be dead after all those cracks, heroin, methamphetamine and the likes. wow 


I am sure you will lose the lawsuit then Take Two will sue and you will end up paying for their legal fees etc. that'd be freaking awesome.


Just like @Hermes33 pretty much explained 'YOU HAVE NO CASE'. 

4kgamer_lmxxx
4kgamer_lmxxx

Once upon a time... I actually used to like her... Alas that time ended long ago... And now she's just a vapid bitch on drugs. I hate it when that happens to celebrities we like...

RevLux
RevLux

The model for the Lacey Jonas GTA V character's appearance is Shelby Welinder. She has publicly shown her contract from Rockstar to prove it. Actress Bridget Burke does the English voice work for the character. Lohan is obviously just trying to get some publicity at the expense of a popular video game.

je29836
je29836

that dumbcunt is still alive?

vadagar1
vadagar1

throw the money in her face... that's all she deserves... overpayed B!tch

vadagar1
vadagar1

wtf GTA.... people in the game are using words I use, and they walk like me


Im gonna sue ur asses

Hermes33
Hermes33

Hey people, I'm pretty sure that the usual standard *legal disclaimer* is in the game, you know the one that states something like "any similarity between living/dead persons is entirely coincidental" so Lohan has NO CASE. It's as clear and simple as that. Case dismissed. I'm sure that Lohan's lawyers must know this basic thing, that there is no way to win? So, what else is going on here? Clearly there is more to this story than face value. C'mon, think for yourselves people. It's obviously just another typical standard publicity stunt engineered by Rockstar themselves to keep their game in the headlines and that's all there is to it. Probably some backroom deal with Lohan went on to pay for her time to make up the fake story and take the flak I imagine. No disrespect to Rockstar or anything, I love their games but it's hilarious to me how the dumbed-down public actually fall for and believe their PR stunts, time and time again... carry on Rockstar, can't wait for the next one!

playstationzone
playstationzone

Look a lot girls can look like her she hasnt got a case and i bad feeling she takeing RockStar Games the cleaners and be end for company :[

magnumninja
magnumninja

I like how Lohan took literally a year minus one month to file this bull claim. Lohan needs to shut up with her ugly self and get a job instead of filing claim after claim to earn income. I never understood how celebs just try to earn income by suing everybody they can for a million dollars guess that million keeps them alive for another 2 years while they find more people to sue. If anything Rockstar shouldn't be sued for anything since it wasn't the actor Lohan who came up with the character in Mean Girls it was the director/writer. That's like every time a new south park comes out that has Lohan in it or somebody like her, Trey Parker & Matt Stone get sued for a million. Its also the same thing as me a guy dressing like Lohan and acting like a total bi0tch like Lohan in a youtube movie then finding a game that has a character thats just like me a Bi0tch Lohan and trying to sue the company of that game for a million. You might as well say that the millions of people who act like Lohan have the right to sue Rockstar over this it makes no sense even if the character depicts Lohan its like me saying Franklin looks like me cause he's black and i want money for it.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

Lindsey Lohan is ridiculous. I haven't even played GTAV, but I read a synopsis of Lacey Jonas on a GTAV wiki, and all I have to say is Jonas is not even near as psycho, ridiculous, high strung, cracked out, wacked out, or as insane as Lindsey Lohan. No comparison.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

I was about to say before seeing mention of it later in the artical: 'Isn't this story really old?'

packtop
packtop

I'm gonna sue GTAV , because all the characters have tooths like me, i feel offended...

nomisrevilo
nomisrevilo

Pretty sure that Lacey Jonas is an unequivocal reference to all the stupid drugged up bimbo's in Hollywood...

greshloc
greshloc

Yes, she is doing this for a second time. She will sue for every last blond, drug-addled, female NPC in the game until there aren't any left to compare herself to,

blackothh
blackothh

shouldnt she be too drugged up or drunk to worry about something stupid like this?

valdarez
valdarez

Visually, the two don't look alike. Characteristically it sounds like there's a lot of overlap.

Ereheru
Ereheru

I think the timing of this lawsuit (because I don't think it took nine months to draft the lawsuit) makes it's strategy obvious:  Lindsay's lawyers will try to get an injunction preventing the sale of the current gen and PC versions of the game, and then will seek to delay going to court until Rockstar settles out of court.  This is really not so much a lawsuit as legal extortion.

Kind of sad, actually.

JuneauEu
JuneauEu

Seriously Gamespot - You reported on this last year?

freedom01
freedom01 moderator moderator

right....because she's the first person we think of when that character pops out....


mattcake
mattcake

Amusing that Lacey Jonas is a vapid, vacuous, self-obsessed, egocentric bint... and Lindsay is actually suing them saying "Hey that's me!". At least she knows.

Sky_Stifler
Sky_Stifler

She needs money for H so she's hoping to get cash from Rockstar by suing them...

BenderUnit22
BenderUnit22

Isn't parody protected by freedom of speech or whatever? I don't think she has a case

digitm64
digitm64

How could this resemble her?  She doesn't have the paparazzi follow her anymore, it's now the DEA that follows her

bicepsul
bicepsul

she tried this before with the loading screen image of the blonde chick holding a phone, michael's daughter or something.

Pooya1881
Pooya1881

she's gonna win this.she's living on this sort of money.

not an ounce of shame....some people are pathetic


RossRichard
RossRichard

Resembles her? Maybe before she did all the meth in California.

mrd0nlov3
mrd0nlov3

Again?? I'm not even play the game yet, if the game stop being publish then i'll do what ever i can to make you pay for it. Biatch .

scottw84
scottw84

She won't win this, silly desperate girl.

RevLux
RevLux

@Hermes33 I'm fairly confident it is nothing more than a ludicrous publicity stunt. Though not by Rockstar...

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@Hermes33 I'm pretty sure it's just another case of a washed up celebrity looking for ANYTHING that could get them back into the news...

foferx
foferx

@greshloc No, she's not doing this for a second time, this is the same lawsuit that was being discussed before, it's just that there are more details out now.

greshloc
greshloc

@JuneauEu
That was for the girl on the poster I believe.
She found a new thing to compare herself to.

foferx
foferx

@greshloc @JuneauEu No, when the lawsuit was first reported, the *media* made the assumption that it was about the girl on the poster.  


Compare this article: http://pcgmedia.com/lindsay-lohan-suing-rockstar-gta-v/

...to its "source:" http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/lilo-grand-theft-face-article-1.1534349

and its source: http://www.tmz.com/2013/12/01/lindsay-lohan-grand-theft-auto-v-gtav-video-game-image-lawsuit/


It was never really about the girl on the poster.  That was just lazy reporting.