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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Game over for Lindsay Lohan's Grand Theft Auto lawsuit

Published 02/09/2016 | 01:26

Lindsay Lohan at a photocall for Speed The Plow at London's Playhouse Theatre, as the a New Court dismissed a lawsuit against the producers of Grand Theft Auto (AP)
Lindsay Lohan at a photocall for Speed The Plow at London's Playhouse Theatre, as the a New Court dismissed a lawsuit against the producers of Grand Theft Auto (AP)

Lindsay Lohan has lost a legal case against the producers of Grand Theft Auto that said they used a likeness of her in one of their video games.

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In the lawsuit the actress accused the producers of modelling her physical features, including clothing, shoulder-length blonde hair and voice in Grand Theft Auto V, a video game that takes place in the fictional city "Los Santos" where players act as car-stealing criminals.

A panel of judges in the Manhattan Appellate Division ruled that Take-Two Interactive Software did not use her actual "name, portrait or picture" and therefore did not violate her right to privacy.

The New York court said the depictions deserved First Amendment protection.

"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.

Similar claims against Take-Two by Mob Wives television star Karen Gravano were also dismissed in the combined ruling.

A message left with Lohan's lawyer was not returned. Gravano's lawyer said they were exploring their options.

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