Back in July, we reported that film star and paparazzi favorite Lindsay Lohan was suing Rockstar Games on the grounds that Rockstar “used her image and created a character based on her without her permission." This week Rockstar responded, stating that the suit is merely a frivolous attempt to get attention.
Lohan’s suit revolves around the Grand Theft Auto V character, Lacy Jonas, a minor character who is portrayed as an anorexic, self-obsessed actress/singer. In court papers made public yesterday, Rockstar and its parent company, Take-Two Interactive, call the lawsuit “frivolous,” and claim that it was "filed for publicity purposes." The publisher is asking to have the case thrown out, and for the troubled star to pay their legal fees. Lohan’s lawyer was contacted by the Associated Press, but has not returned the call.
While it’s easy to see how Lacy Jonas’ character is based on Lohan and other high-profile young actresses, it’s equally clear that this is a case of parody, which is protected speech. It’s hard to root for someone who sees a self-centered, obnoxious, drug-addled, superficial character with no redeeming qualities, and says, “Hey, that’s me!” We’re hopeful that this case will be dismissed so that Rockstar can get back to making great games and Lindsay Lohan can get back to… whatever it is she does now.