Late last year, Lindsay Lohan got high enough that she actually thought a character in Grand Theft Auto V was based off her likeness and she considered suing Rockstar Games over it. You know how it goes – cash starts running short and you have to get creative about how to get it flowing again.
Fast forward nearly 8 months and Lindsay, who actually made it to her 28th birthday earlier this week, has actually decided that this lawsuit is a good idea and that she’s got a leg to stand on. She claims that Lacey Jones, the character in question, is an “unequivocal” reference to herself.
“The portraits of the Plaintiff (Lohan) incorporated her image, likeness, clothing, outfits, Plaintiff’s clothing line products, ensemble in the form of hats, hair style, sunglasses, jean shorts worn by the Plaintiff that were for sale to the public at least two years” the suit claims.
Suing over a parody strikes me as a bad idea, no matter how desperate one’s situation. Whether Lohan is seeking extra publicity or a cash out on the best-selling video game of all time, it’s more than a little sad that she’d acknowledge that the character Lacey Jonas is a portrayal of herself.
According to the Digital Media Law Project: “As a general matter, you will not be held liable for using someone’s name or likeness in a creative, entertaining, or artistic work that is transformative, meaning that you add some substantial creative element over and above the mere depiction of the person. In other words, the First Amendment ordinarily protects you if you use someone’s name or likeness to create something new that is recognizably your own, rather than something that just evokes and exploits the person’s identity.”
I’m not a legal expert, but Rockstar seems to fall well within this guideline. The character in question was not specifically Lohan, and engages in entirely fictional activities that are designed to parody a certain type of celebrity. I sincerely doubt that this case has legs.
Hilariously, Forbes also points out that Lindsay actually left a $46,000 tab at the Chateau Marmont hotel (which Lacey visits in the game) and that she had to be banned from the premises for non-payment at the end of it. Yes, in real life.
She has no chance here, but nice try, girl.
July 4, 2014 at 6:00 am by Jennifer
If ever there was a cause for celebration, it’s now. Lindsay Lohan turned 28 yesterday, which I think we can all agree is a miracle. She came back to New York City for the occasion – meaning she’s left us in peace in the UK, at least for a while. She’s looking a bit too thin, which is worrisome considering her history with eating disorders, and she’s got some strange scratches/bruises (druuuuuuuuugs!) but other than that, she looks good. A lot better than she has on previous birthdays, anyway.
Happy (belated) birthday, Lindsay!
July 3, 2014 at 5:00 am by Jennifer
Lindsay Lohan has been traipsing around London lately, claiming that she was looking for work and to escape America, which as a whole is apparently out to get her. While she was dropping hints about joining the theatre world, everyone figured she was just talking shit… but apparently she was telling the truth, and she’s headed to the legendary stages of the West End!
LiLo will actually be live on stage nightly, doing David Mamet‘s infamous play, “Speed-the-Plow.” Beginning in September, Lohan will play the role of the secretary (there are only three roles in the whole play) a part that was played by Madonna in the original run back in 1988.
This particular play has a recent history of turmoil … it’s the same play Jeremy Piven bowed out of midway through its run … claiming he got sick from eating too much sushi.
It’s a big deal for Lindsay … the only work she’s been getting lately has been to host parties.
Well, sounds like a real exclusive gig, there.
To be honest, we probably should give Lindsay a bit of credit here. The fact that anyone at all is willing to take a chance on hiring her irresponsible, unreliable, drunk ass is kind of a miracle. Surely she won’t fuck this one up, right? Uh… right? (Countdown to disaster starts… now. Something tells me she won’t even make it to her opening night.)
June 27, 2014 at 9:00 am by Jennifer
Aw, bless. We all remember Lindsay Lohan‘s infamous “sex list”, which was apparently “leaked” by a “friend” and was only made as part of Lindsay’s “recovery” the last time she was in rehab. Well, plenty of the men on that list aren’t too pleased to be there and are speaking out to insist that they never slept with her. James Franco already denied that shit (and then wrote a “fictional” short story about it), and Adam Levine is the latest to set the record straight during an interview with Howard Stern.
Here’s the scoop (via Radar Online):
The Private Parts star asked the Maroon 5 frontman, “By the way, you were listed on Lindsay Lohan’s sex list, that you had sex with her, I didn’t know this …
“That’s not true,” he said. “I did not have sexual intercourse with Lindsay Lohan …”
When Stern pressed him, noting Franco’s denial, the radio host pointed out that no one on the list has confessed to actually belonging on it.
“That’s because I think we’re being truthful about that very specific thing,” Levine said. “I can f*cking see it on the paper, I’m getting much better at this!”
Stern asked, “Did anybody have sex with Lindsay Lohan?” to which Levine replied, “A lot of people probably did, I don’t know.”
To be honest, I’m not sure who I believe here. The one time I met Adam Levine (we’re going about, oh… 6-7 years back now), he was a complete douchebag who was arrogant, pretentious and completely up himself. He loved to brag about everything he was doing and how great he was – so why wouldn’t Lindsay be a great conquest in her prime? I don’t know why, but I kinda think she was telling the truth on this one…
June 25, 2014 at 11:00 am by Jennifer
Lindsay Lohan clearly decided to follow me to the UK, because she’s been terrorizing London for the past several months and plans to move over here full time soon (thankfully, I am not in London). While she’s apparently working on booking jobs over here so she can be “back on set” (her catchphrase from her reality series), she’s also spent a LOT of time back to her partying ways and apparently she got a little too wasted recently and got herself into a fight with none other than Kate Moss at the Chiltern Firehouse.
From The Sun (via Radar Online):
“The argument went on for a while, and Kate seemed extremely annoyed with Lindsay,” an onlooker told the paper of the incident, which allegedly occurred earlier this month. “People around them noticed it was going on.”
Apparently, the 27-year-old contacted Moss’ husband, Kills rocker Jamie Hince, 45, upon arriving in the UK several weeks ago.
Moss “was ranting about it to fellow diners at the restaurant,” adds the eyewitness.
First of all, Lindsay needs to recognize that Kate Moss is NOT the one. She may be small, but she will cut you (and without ever using a knife). Second of all, what’s with Lindsay and her desperation for married men lately?
Seriously, though – Lindsay needs to back off Kate Moss or she will rue the day.
June 23, 2014 at 9:00 am by Jennifer
Lindsay Lohan burst onto the scene as a freckly redheaded adorable girl in The Parent Trap and it seems like she’s doing her darndest to remove herself as far from her past as possible. She’s been getting into trouble left and right, is looking to move to London, and now reports from Radar state that she wants to permanently change her
behavior, just kidding, her face. Personally, I think she’s already made lots of changes to her face with injections (forehead, lips), but that’s apparently not enough — she wants to get rid of her signature freckles. She already appears to cover them with heavy makeup, but she wants to make it permanent.
“Lindsay is known for trying new things, but she’s shocked friends and family members by suddenly getting irate over her freckles,” a source said.
“She’s always loved her freckles – well, pretended to, anyway – but now she’s decided it’s time to get rid of them and she’s looking into having them either bleached or lasered away,” the source added.
[...] The source said that strangely, the Freaky Friday actress’ freckle-free move could be related to her partying: “It’s bizarre, but it’s exactly what happens when Lindsay starts going off the rails again – she wants more surgery or a total makeover because she’s so miserable. But everyone’s hoping she leaves her freckles alone as they’re a trademark for her and she looks beautiful with them.”
I think this is a bad move, and I also think she’ll totally go through with it. She’s looking to fix her inner problems by “fixing” her outer “problems.” It’s textbook. Don’t fix your face, fix your behavior. And your face doesn’t need fixing anyway.
What do you think? Should she keep the freckles or get rid of them?