Court Dismisses Lindsay Lohan's Appeal in GTA V Likeness Lawsuit

Ruben Fields
April 1, 2018

On Thursday, Lindsay Lohan failed to convince the highest state appellate court in NY to revive her lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive, publisher of the popular Grand Theft Auto games. In its decision, the court said the Jonas character was simply a "twenty something" woman rather than a deliberate attempt to include Lohan in the game.

In 2010, Lohan settled a $100 million lawsuit against E-Trade after she claimed that an ad featuring "milkaholic" baby named Lindsay was mocking her and her history of drug and alcohol abuse.

But the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the satirical representations of "a modern, beach-going" young woman are not identifiable as Lohan.

During oral arguments in February, defense attorney Jeremy Feigelson said that Lohan was "essentially arguing that she owns the peace sign in this case", Courthouse News Service reported.

In Thursday's decision, Judge Eugene Fahey said a computer image, or avatar, may constitute a "portrait" to support an invasion of privacy claim under NY civil rights law. The lawsuit dates back to 2014 and was initially thrown out in 2016 before Lohan appealed.

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Six judges at the Court of Appeals in the state of NY unanimously rejected Lohan's claim that a character in GTA V named Lacey Jonas was based on her.

Lohan's suit claimed that the Grand Theft Auto 5 character Lacey Jonas, who appears in an in-game event, was an unlawful use of her likeness.

Then there was the lawsuit against rapper Pitbull. After that, an appeal was filed to try and get the lawsuit up and running again, but this week, the request was denied.

By now, the former movie star is perhaps more famous for her legal run-ins than her acting credits: She's been arrested on multiple occasions for charges ranging from shoplifting and reckless driving to violating her parole.

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