28-year-old actress Scarlett Johansson has decided to sue the French publisher for fraudulent exploitation and violation of her privacy rights in connection with the novel “The First Thing You Look At” or its French name “La première chose qu’on regarde”.
The novel was written by Grégoire Delacourt with the editor Jean-Claude Lattès. The latter is the defendant in the upcoming suit.
The novel sports a character that is a dead ringer for the star of “Iron Man” and “The Avengers”.
In fact, in the storyline the main character is believed to be the blonde bombshell until she reveals her identity as Janine Fauquempré who finally lets her lover know her real identity. Fauquempré’s lover is the owner of a garage in Northern France – hardly someone who in real life would ever have a chance at winning over Johansson.
The lawsuit alleges that the story is merely opportunistic and seeks to make money off of Johansson’s celebrity status.
The author denies that saying that his novel is a legitimate love affair. Ultimately, it will be the courts who will decide if it is a violation of privacy to depict a star even if it only in the sense of being a doppelganger.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, author Gregoire Delacourt defended his book to the French paper Le Figaro saying his character is not Johansson.
“This corresponds with the fantasies of our times,” said Delacourt. “But I wrote a book of fiction. My character is not Scarlett Johansson, it is Jeanine Foucaprez!”
Johansson sues over bizarre French book
Scarlett Johansson Sues Over Bizarre French Book That Depicts Her Doppelganger