Rockstar Games & Take-Two: Lindsay Lohan is suing us for "publicity"

Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive fire back at Lohan over her lawsuit against them for allegedly stealing her likeness.

Lindsay Lohan is suing the maker of Grand Theft Auto V for “publicity purposes”, Manhattan court papers read today.

Back in July, documents filed in a Manhattan court revealed that the actress/singer was suing both Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive for allegedly using her image, voice and styles from her clothing line for a character in the record breaking Grand Theft Auto V.

In the game, players meet Lacey Jonas in a random side mission where they must escort her back to her home whilst evading the pursuing paparazzi.

In the lawsuit Lohan also pointed out that the game features a parody of the Chateau Marmont Hotel, where she once lived.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press, and filed in a Manhattan court, saw both Take-Two and Rockstar call the case “frivolous” and that the lawsuit was filed for “publicity purposes”.

Both are seeking for the lawsuit to be dismissed and for Lohan to pay their legal fees.

Lohan’s lawyer was unavailable for comment and both Take-Two and Rockstar don’t comment on legal situations.

GTA V launched on September 17th last year and has become the biggest entertainment launch in history, earning $800 million during its first 24 hours on sale.

By day 3 it broke $1 billion in sales, beating major Hollywood films such as The Avengers Assemble and Avatar.

Critically acclaimed worldwide, it won 3 BAFTA Awards, Spike TV’s VGX Game of the Year award, out-sold its predecessor GTA IV, beat The Last of Us as the biggest digital release on PlayStation, and broke 7 Guinness World Records.

It has sold over 33 million copies worldwide.

But the success hasn’t come without its troubles, as this isn’t the first time Rockstar’s open world action-adventure title has seen legal trouble.

Back in October 2013, rapper Daz Dillinger sent a cease and desist order accusing the studio of using two of his songs – “C-Walk” and “Nothin’ But The Cavi Hit” – without his permission. He was originally offered an “offensively low” $4,271 for the songs but refused to accept.

He ordered Take-Two to recall and destroy all unsold copies.

And in February this year, the daughter of a 1990s mobster filed a $40 million lawsuit accusing Rockstar of using her life story and likeness for another in-game character.

GTA V is to be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in the fall.

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