Why Is Lindsay Lohan Suing Makers of ‘Grand Theft Auto’?

It may surprise you to learn that Lindsay Lohan and I have a lot in common — we are both redheads, we were both born in the Northeast, and we have both at times been described as train wrecks. We also have the same birthday! One thing we do not have in common is that I did not spend our mutual birthday launching a lawsuit against Rockstar Games, the makers of the popular Grand Theft Auto franchise.

Gamers and fan video-makers have speculated for months that the character of “Lacey Jonas” was an obvious reference to Lindsay Lohan, and now Lindsay has picked up on the conspiracy. She feels that the character, who features in the most recent edition of the game, “Grand Theft Auto V,” was based on her public image without her knowledge or consent.

In Lindsay’s estimation, the game-makers at Rockstar “incorporated her image, likeness, clothing, outfits, Plaintiff’s clothing line products, ensemble in the form of hats, hair style, sunglasses, jean shorts worn by the Plaintiff.” The character also lives in LA’s Chateau Marmont, the same hotel that Lindsay famously once called home. In other troubling news, I understand that dozens of women wearing jean shorts, sunglasses and “hairstyles” have been seen in the vicinity of the Chateau Marmont — I assume they will all soon be receiving cease-and-desist letters.

Hilarity aside, the suit does have some merit. It’s clear to a casual observer that “Lacy Jonas” is based, at least in part, on Lohan’s public persona. Game missions with Lacey Jonas involve Lohan-esque antics like escaping from the paparazzi.

For those who think the lawsuit might just be a frivolous bid for attention, pitting America’s favorite fallen star against a popular video game studio, remember that Lindsay received a sizable settlement from a similar lawsuit in 2010. In that case, she alleged that E*Trade had appropriated her image in a commercial in which its popular “talking baby” spokesman, which referenced a character named Lindsay who was a “milkaholic.”

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