Scarlett Johansson Sues French Publisher
Scarlett Johansson is not saying "oui, oui" to a bestselling novel in France, suing publisher JC Lattes for the unauthorized use of her name.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress is less than 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, reportedly centers around a mechanic who meets a woman asking for help. The mechanic believes the woman is Johansson, but the character is actually revealed as a woman named Jeanine Foucaprez, who looks nearly identical to the Avengers actress.
The book's author, Gregoire Delacourt, told French newspaper Le Figaro that he was “stunned” by the lawsuit.
“This corresponds with the fantasies of our times," he said, noting that he also compared a male lead character in the novel to actor Ryan Gosling. "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!”
He added to 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."
Johansson is currently filming her 2014 movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, reprising her role as Natasha Romanoff.