Poor Lindsay Lohan — courts aren’t falling for this one!
The former Mean Girls star AND Mob Wives TV personality Karen Gravano walked away losers from a joint court battle on Thursday after both failed to prove that the video game Grand Theft Auto V had used their likeness and images without compensating them.
If you remember waaaaaay back nearly three full years ago, LiLo had sued the producers of the popular video game, alleging they based a character off her image, name, and likeness and, by doing so without her permission or paying her for it, had violated her privacy.
Gravano, the daughter of famous mobster Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, initially alleged the same thing about a separate character in the game in a separate lawsuit against GTA, though judges ended up combining the two battles because they were on such similar issues.
Now, based on Thursday’s ruling from a panel of judges in the Manhattan Appellate Division‘s court, LiLo and Gravano have officially lost their court battle — and they are entitled to nothing!
Noting the game’s usage of characters does not “fall under the statutory definition of ‘advertising’ or ‘trade,'” the panel of judges decreed:
“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.”
Furthermore, in Lohan’s case specifically, the judges ruled that Lacey Jonas — the game’s ditzy character that LiLo claims was inspired by her — was actually:
“not of Lohan herself, but merely the avatar in the game that Lohan claims is a depiction of her.”
Well then — a three-year legal battle is done, and Miz Lohan is none the richer for it.
Can’t win ’em all!
[Image via Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/Joe/WENN.]