Lindsay Lohan did not inspire the design of a prominent female character in Grand Theft Auto 5, a New York Supreme Court has ruled. This puts an end to a legal dispute two years in the running, with Lohan and another media personality filing suit against distributor Take-Two Interactive back in the summer of 2014.
After ruling in March that the case could go forward, a Supreme Court judge decided today that neither Lohan nor reality TV star Karen Gravano appear in Grand Theft Auto 5. That’s despite the women’s insistence that the game’s blonde, distraught actress Lacey Jonas physically and narratively resembles them too closely for comfort.
"As to Lohan's claim that an avatar in the video game is she and that her image is used in various images, defendants also never referred to Lohan by name or used her actual name in the video game, never used Lohan herself as an actor for the video game, and never used a photograph of Lohan," the judge’s ultimate motion to dismiss the case reads.
Take-Two has protested Lohan’s charges of unlawful use of her image since the suit was filed, calling it little more than a publicity stunt. But Lohan issued a 67-page complaint, including 45 pages of evidence, to back up her claim.
Although it survived long enough to make it to a Supreme Court, today marks yet another failure for Lohan, an actress who has gained great notoriety over the past 10 years.
"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 Court ruled.