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Scarlett Johansson Was A Novel’s ‘Sex Object’ Says Lawsuit, Gregoire Delacourt Claims It Was A Compliment

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A Scarlett Johansson doppelganger in a novel was treated as a “sex object,” according to a defamation lawsuit filed by the famous actress, but author Gregoire Delacourt claims he only used her image as a way of giving Johansson a compliment.

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The target of Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit was the French language book La premiere chose qu’on regarde (The First Thing We Look At), which features a mysterious blonde character which as described as Johansson’s “exact double” by the author. Unfortunately, the Johansson character was also treated like a “sex object,” and as such the actress claimed Delacourt made “fraudulent use of her name, fame and image” in order to promote the story. Although Scarlett sued for $69,302, a court in Paris, France handed her the victory but only rewarded her $3,397.

But Johansson also had sought an injunction to stop the novel from being translated in other language or adapted for other media like movies, but the court threw out that part of the lawsuit. To a certain extent, it might be argued that the author won the case since the $3,397 seems a paltry sum compared to the free advertising he just received for his novel due to the lawsuit itself making headlines.

Delacourt also claims he did not intend insult, but instead had written the novel as a “tribute” to her beauty:

“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. If I had known she was going to kick up such a racket, I would have picked another actress.”

Do you think Scarlett Johansson overreacted by suing Gregoire Delacourt over the book’s use of her name?

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7 Responses to “Scarlett Johansson Was A Novel’s ‘Sex Object’ Says Lawsuit, Gregoire Delacourt Claims It Was A Compliment”

  1. Andre Reichenbacher

    I dont feel sorry for her in the least. She's beautiful, she's incredibly wealthy, she has straight males all over the world lusting after her, and she can pretty much get anything she wants by just asking for it. She's living a charmed life. She can handle a little bit of so-called "defamation of character". I'm sure of it!

  2. Michael MP

    she's just mad that she didn't get paid. If she had she would probably pose nude or almost nude for the cover of the book.

  3. Phil Sanderson

    Poor little rich girl. I've used names of celebrities in my books as a way of respectfully and — hopefully — successfully describing a character. If they want to sue me, and I have become successful enough at that point, I will gladly pay it. But if I haven't, then they cannot get blood out of a turnip.

    I just find it amazing that some wealthy people are so greedy that they allow such things to distress them. Why can't they just appreciate the blessings that life has given them and just proudly move forward in their careers? To me, this is bad press for them. Now I can completely understand when they sue over people violating their privacy and sharing things to the general public that were not meant to be shared publicly.

  4. Anonymous

    More of nasty Hollywood trash trying to pass off liberal morality as goodness.