Linsday Lohan’s Grand Theft Auto V lawsuit thrown out of court

Lindsay's foiled by the First Amendment.

Lindsay Lohan Grand Theft Auto V
Seeing double? Lindsay Lohan and her supposed Grand Theft Auto V doppelgänger.

Lindsay Lohan’s lawsuit against Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two has been thrown out of court by New York judges.

Lohan sued Take-Two in 2014 claiming that an illustrated woman in a red bikini used to promote Grand Theft Auto V was ripping her off.

According to court documents, Lohan said the character’s “bikini, shoulder-length blonde hair, jewellery, cell phone, and ‘signature peace sign’ pose” were all taken without her permission.

Lohan also took issue with a side-mission character called Lacey Jonas, a troubled actress who asks players to help her avoid the paparazzi.

Lohan wasn’t the only high-profile name to bring a lawsuit to Take-Two. Mob Wives star Karen Gravano claimed that the character Andrea Bottino swiped elements of her own life.

The TV star claimed: “The character’s story about moving out west to safe houses mirrors Gravano’s fear of being ripped out of her former life and being sent to Nebraska; that the character’s story about dealing with the character’s father cooperating with the state government is the same as Gravano dealing with the repercussions of her father’s cooperation; and that the character’s father not letting the character do a reality show is the same as Gravano’s father publicly decrying her doing a reality show.”

In both cases the New York Surpreme Court threw out the claims, saying Grand Theft Auto was protected by the First Amendment.

“This video game’s unique story, characters, dialogue, and environment, combined with the player’s ability to choose how to proceed in the game, render it a work of fiction and satire,” the judges wrote.

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