The gaming community hasn’t taken well to the latest piece of information since it involves Rockstar Games and publisher Take-Two Interactive. They are being sued for a character they used in “GTA 5.”
Lindsay Lohan has been given the green light to sue the developer and publisher of “Grand Theft Auto 5” since she believed that the character, Lacey Jonas, in the game shares a likeness to her and has been used without seeking her permission, as noted by Digital Trends.
Lacey Jonas is a beautiful blonde woman who takes the pride of her place on the box of the game as well other GTA 5 promotional paraphernalia. However, she plays a very small role in the title game wherein she portrays a popular celebrity and players take on the task to rescue her from all the paparazzi drama.
The lawsuit by Lohan claims that the character in question bears similarities to one of her photographs captured back in 2007, as per The Hollywood Reporter. Reportedly, Take-Two reverted to the claims by calling it “legally meritless” and also pointed to Lohan’s previous lawsuits, including the case over rap lyrics with Pitbull and pointed that the “Mean Girls” star “lacks any good-faith basis and can only have been filed for publicity purposes.”
Judge Joan Kennedy, on Friday, in her decision allowed Lohan to advance with the lawsuit. She said that the actress did bring enough evidence, while Rockstar failed to prove that the character was not based on the likeness of the actress.
Take-Two also argued that the lawsuit was filed over a year after the character appeared on the game’s box and other marketing materials. To this the judge wrote, “Defendants have not been able to prove, at this juncture of the litigation, that the republication exception to the one year statute of limitations is not applicable to this case because the intended audiences were the same as those of the original publication and the images consistently remained the same.”