Scarlett Johansson is suing another author of a bestselling French novel for featuring a fictional character that resembles her. In a legal action, the American actress is challenging writer, Gregoire Delacourt, and his publisher JC Lattes, after he described a character in his novel as being her “doppelganger”, or exact double, the Independent reported. The case, if it comes to court, is expected to make legal and literary history.
The author is insisting that the comparison is meant as a compliment and tribute to Johansson’s beauty. The 28-year-old actress is demanding compensation and damages from the publisher for the “breach and fraudulent use of personal rights” and is also seeking to ban all foreign translations and film adaptations of the book.
The book in question, La premiere chose qu’on regarde (The First Thing We Look At), was published in March. Meanwhile, Delacourt told the newspaper Le Figaro that he is “stupefied” that Johansson has taken legal action, but he is convinced that she has not even read the book, which has so far appeared only in French.