Rockstar Games – the masterminds behind the hugely successful Grand Theft Auto V – have struck back against American actress and recording artist Lindsay Lohan, who filed a lawsuit against the studio’s parent company Take-Two Interactive. According to IGN, Lohan confirmed the lawsuit in July 2014, claiming that her likeness in GTA V was used “without her permission” for the character Lacey Jonas.
The video games publisher has since hit back against the case stating, the whole incident has been nothing more than a publicity stunt in an effort to garner attention from the media. Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive are asking the actress to drop the case and pay the legal fees as they feel the filed lawsuit holds no merit.
The GTA V team have agreed that there are similarities between the fictional character and Lohan herself, however, they feel the similarities begin and end with the two being young blonde women. Lohan claims that the likeness goes beyond her image and that her voice and even clothing style have been plagiarized.
Released in September 2013, GTA V has become one of the most successful games from the one of the most successful franchises of all time. It went on to win several awards, sold more than 34 million copies on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles alone and generated over $1 billion dollars in revenue in just three days.
Grand Theft Auto V is also expected to be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and – much to the delight of PC enthusiasts everywhere – Windows computers. The release date is expected to be around the end of summer.
Tell us, what do you think of this lawsuit? Does Lohan have a valid claim, or is it just a publicity stunt?