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Scarlett Johansson sues French author for using her in his book

The actress was awarded with legal damages after winning her case against Gregoire Delacourt, whose book allegedly presents the actress as a sex object

By Andrea Tim | Published: 7 Jul 2014

ScarJo wins lawsuit
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Scarlett Johansson was awarded £2,000 in damages after winning a court case against French author, Gregoire Delacourt. The actress had lawyers represent her complaint that Gregoire's promiscuous character – which was based on Scarlett – in his novel The First Thing We Look At was a "fraudulent use of her personal rights."

The book reportedly portrays the character as a sex object, who had a series of love affairs with celebrities. Gregoire said that he only meant it as a "tribute" to Scarlett's beauty, but it was clear that his sentiments were not received favourably.

Not only did Scarlett demand for £40,000 in damages, but she also aimed for an injunction to prevent the novel from being adapted for film or being translated. The injunction was denied, and Gregoire was only ordered to pay £2,000.

"It was meant as the highest praise. She is an archetypal beauty of our times, very human with a touching fragility. She is a wonderful, iconic actress. I was hoping that she might send me flowers because this book is, in a way, a declaration of love," the author said.

"If I had known she was going to kick up such a racket, I would have picked another actress," Gregoire added. "Celebrity culture is imposed on us by the media, the press and the Internet. So her complaint is based on exactly the phenomenon I am denouncing. It's a paradox."


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