Actress Scarlett Johansson has filed a lawsuit against publisher JC Lattes, for the unauthorized use of her name in a recently released novel, The First Thing We Look At. Turns out, in the French novel, a woman shows up at the door of a mechanic, who believes she is Scarlett Johansson, but later finds out that the woman is a Johansson-lookalike. Johansson claims in her lawsuit, filed in Paris, that the use of her name is a “breach and fraudulent use of personal rights,” and is asking for damages, as well as a ban on the “future transfer of rights and adaptations of the book.”
Author Gregoire Delacourt told French daily newspaper, Le Figaro, that he was “stunned” to learn of the lawsuit, claiming that many personal details relating to Johansson’s life are available on the Internet. Delacourt further claims: "I wrote a book of fiction. My character is not Scarlett Johansson, it is Jeanine Foucaprez! It’s a bit silly to say that if you talk about a person, the courts have to get involved." Johansson is currently the face of Dolce & Gabbana cosmetics and previously starred in Louis Vuitton's 2007 ad campaigns.