The pure joy experienced when we see Lindsay Lohan’s name attached to a lawsuit is indescribable. These days, you just don’t hear too much about the one-time almost daily subject of salacious gossip. Perhaps she’s gotten her act together. Yeah, probably not.
Even though Linds hasn’t been in the spotlight for a while, she still thinks she’s influencing pop culture and is seeing her likeness in everything. For instance, the actress, whose last movie credit was in 2013’s The Canyons alongside porn star James Deen, filed suit against Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two in 2014 for not one but two characters associated with the video game’s fifth installment that she said looked too much like her.
The unauthorized depiction was one Lacey Jones, an anorexic actress who asks players to help her elude paparazzi. Then there was a strawberry-blonde in a bikini throwing a peace sign in GTA’s promos. It seems Lindsay Lohan holds a patent on giving a peace sign and no one knew. Check it out:
According to Lindsay’s court documents, she “has been using the peace sign hand gesture for years before and after its use in the video game.”
LL wasn’t the only person suing, though. Mob Wives star Karen Gravano also sued the video game because she believed character Andrea Bottino’s backstory was based on her life. “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 the end, Lindsay and Karen were left with nada, since a five-judge panel ruled that since Grand Theft Auto V didn’t use either woman’s actual name, they were out of luck. “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.”
In other words, First Amendment. So put that in your pipe and smoke it. (Not literally, Lindsay.)