Way back in the spring, we reported on a lawsuit by celebrity Lindsay Lohan over a character in Grand Theft Auto V that she felt was a thinly veiled parody of her, claiming it was an unauthorized use of her likeness. Well, today that lawsuit, as well as another one filed by Mob Wives star Karen Gravano about a different character, was thrown out of court.
A five-person panel of judges ruled that while the characters of Lacey Jonas and Andrea Bottino did potentially bear some resemblance to Lohan and Gravano, respectively, because their actual names and likenesses were not used in the game, the lawsuits were without merit. In addition, as expected, even if there was enough evidence to draw specific lines between the celebrities and the characters in the game, the ruling stated that “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”, and as we should all know by now, satire is considered protected speech in the United States of America.
You may all resume not caring about Lindsay Lohan.