Scarlett Johansson sues French publisher for using her name

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Actress Scarlett Johansson has filed a lawsuit against French publisher JC Lattes. The suit is based on a novel, "The First Things We Look At," in which a character is described as looking almost exactly like the real Johansson.

In the lawsuit, the actress seeks compensation and damages due to a "breach and fraudulent use of personal rights" (as reported by The Hollywood Reporter). If the suit is successful, JC Lattes would not be able to make any adaptations of the book as well.

"The First Things We Look At," written by Gregoire Delacourt, tells the story of a woman who appears at a mechanic's door looking for help. Although the mechanic's first thought is that the woman resembles Scarlett Johansson, she is later revealed to be named Jeanine Foucaprez. The novel has been a best-seller in France since its March release.

Delacourt made a statement to the French newspaper, Le Figaro, in which he expressed shock at the lawsuit. "This [use of famous names] corresponds with the fantasies of our times. All these famous people live with us," he said. "But I wrote a book of fiction. My character is not Scarlett Johansson. It is Jeanine Foucaprez!"

With other characters in the novel described in terms of movie stars (notably Ryan Gosling and Gene Hackman), the concept of the book is, in Delacourt's words, about the "dictatorship of appearances and the true beauty of women." Johansson was used as a model for the main female character only because the author considers her to be the model for current female beauty.

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