Way back in 2013, Lindsay Lohan announced her intention to sue Rockstar Games and publisher Take-Two Interactive over what she believed to be an unlicensed use of her likeness. The suit was officially filed in 2014 and eventually made its way to New York’s Supreme Court where it was allowed to move forward but was later tossed out.

It’s been a year and a half since then and over four years ago since the suit began, but Lohan hasn’t stopped fighting all this time. Her latest appeal was to the New York state Court of Appeals, but things once again failed to pan out for her. A panel of six judges unanimously rejected her claims to a privacy breach.

For those unfamiliar with the details of the case, Lohan believes the character of Lacey Jonas in Grand Theft Auto V was based on her and used without her permission. Judges, thus far, have disagreed with this claim and hold that Jonas merely resembles the “persona of a modern, beach-going young woman… that is not recognisable as plaintiff.” Lohan’s team argues that she is well-known for using the peace sign hand gesture that Jonas uses in the game, and that Jonas’ dual job as an actress and singer is meant to parody Lohan.

In the eyes of the courts of New York, there is no evidence that Jonas was directly based on Lohan; Jonas could be anyone. Given that Lohan recently accepted a job as a spokesperson at Lawyer.com, I would imagine she intends to continue pushing the case for as long as the courts will allow.

Source: NYcourts.gov (via BBC)

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