Scarlett Johansson won Wednesday the case against the French writer Grégoire Delacourt. He was accused of breaching privacy, after writing a novel in which one of the characters is look alike actress.
Thus, a Paris court sentenced the author Grégoire Delacourt and the publishing house Jean-Claude Lattes to pay the sum of 2,500 euros as compensation for moral damages, and to pay the costs, assessed all to 2,500 euros.
Novel “La premiere chose qu’on regarde” (“The first thing we look”), by famous French writer Grégoire Delacourt, tells the story of French top-model which looks so much like Scarlett Johansson, that the main male character in the book confuses her with the American actress. In the novel, the model undergoes a series of adventures as “duplicate” without permission of Scarlett Johansson, until, finally, its identity is revealed and the female character dies in a car accident.
“The fact that on account of Scarlett Johansson were put sentimental relations over which she never expressed herself presented as official (…), is likely to put the applicant in a light, which rightly, could harm and seem to be degrading, “ the court estimated.
The actress also disputed, fraudulent exploitation of her name, image and fame to promote his book and asked the prohibition of any unauthorized exploitation rights relating to the personality of her, claims that were dismissed in court.
Grégoire Delacourt is one of the most beloved writers in France. His previous novel, “La liste de mes envies” (“My Wishlist”) has been translated into 47 languages and will be translated into a film.
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