Scarlett Johansson is suing French publisher JC Lattes for the unauthorized use of her name on his bestselling novel.
The Hollywood Reporter reports Scarlett isn’t pleased that she was depicted in the book “The First Thing We Look At” and has filed a lawsuit, seeking compensation and damages for “breach and fraudulent use of personal rights,” and seeks a ban on “future transfer of rights and adaptations of the book.”
The book, which was published in France on March 20, revolves around a mechanic who meets a woman asking for help. The mechanic believes the woman is Johansson, but is revealed as a woman named Jeanine Foucaprez who looks identical to the actress.
Gregoire Delacourt, the book’s author, told French newspaper Le Figaro that he was “stunned” by the lawsuit. He said: “This corresponds with the fantasies of our times. All these famous people live with us. But I wrote a book of fiction. My character is not Scarlett Johansson, it is [character name] Jeanine Foucaprez!”
Delacourt continued talking about the lawsuit on French radio RTL: “It’s a bit silly to say that if you talk about a person, the courts have to get involved. That’s quite sad.”
FYI, the author also compared a male lead character in the novel to actor Ryan Gosling
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