Scarlett Johansson is suing a French publishing house over a novel that uses her name and image and explores the challenges of being beautiful.
The JC Lattes publishing house said that a lawsuit was filed last week about Gregoire Delacourt's book The First Thing We Look At.
Spokeswoman Emmanuelle Allibert said the publishing house's lawyers are preparing to respond to the court. Allibert said the book is entirely fiction and is about a character who looks like Scarlett, not about the actress herself.
The Avengers Assemble star's French lawyer Vincent Toledano said in a statement that Scarlett is protesting the use of her name and image for "mercantile" purposes, and accuses the book of invading her privacy.