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Lindsay Lohan suing 'Grand Theft Auto V' makers for using her likeness

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Reports are coming in that actress Lindsay Lohan is planning on suing the makers of the widely popular video game "Grand Theft Auto V" for using her likeness in their promo materials, without the starlet’s permission.

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The Huffington Post reported on Dec. 2 that LiLo wants her legal beagles to go after Rockstar Games, the developers of "Grand Theft Auto V."

The likeness in question that Lindsay feels is her image features that of a sexy, bikini-clad, blond cartoon character taking a selfie.

This might be an uphill legal battle for Lindsay for several reasons.

The cartoon character and Lindsay don’t really look that much alike, although their background stories are somewhat similar.

The game features a supposed Lohan look-alike attempting to escape the paparazzi and being cajoled into filming a sex tape at a hotel that resembles the Chateau Marmont, TMZ noted. The cover of the game is also in question. It shows a blonde woman dressed in a red bikini taking a selfie that could be the former "Mean Girls" star.

Lindsay’s lawsuits against others haven’t been going so well lately. Earlier this year, a judge dismissed a lawsuit Lohan had filed against rapper Pitbull when she tried to make the case that Pitbull’s lyrics in a song mentioning her name, violated her publicity and publicity rights, and also caused her emotional distress.

Pitbull’s song "Give Me Everything” includes the lyrics “… So, I'm toptoein', to keep flowin', I got it locked up, like Lindsay Lohan."

“A judge threw the suit out as the song is a work of art protected under the First Amendment”, according to The Huffington Post.

Lindsay’s name is just the latest of several to be linked as the possible muse for the bikini-clad "Grand Theft Auto V" cartoon character.

Other names thrown into the ring as possible models for the bikini-clad character included YouTube star Justine Ezarik, actress Yvonne Strahovski, and models Candice Swanepoel and Kate Upton.

But in a Sept. 2013 article from The Daily Dot, it was revealed that the bikini-clad "Grand Theft Auto V" cartoon character was actually based upon model Shelby Welinder, “who was hired by Rockstar in 2012 for the advertisement.”

"It's nice to see all these people referring to me as a porn star and a slut," Welinder told Nowgamer in 2012.

"Quite entertaining to say the least. I worked for Rockstar and signed a release that said I'd be listed in the game credits."

And to put Lindsay’s lawsuit claims to rest, Welinder reportedly produced an image of her invoice from Rockstar.

No-one can blame Lindsay for going after the Rockstar Games’ developers though, as they raked in $1 billion in sales receipts in just the first three days following the Sept. 2013 release of "Grand Theft Auto V".

For more on Lindsay Lohan's reported lawsuit against the makers of GTA, see the video accompanying this article.

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