Lindsay Lohan is suing the makers of Grand Theft Auto V

The Mean Girls actress claims Rockstar Games swiped her image for a character in their game. How real are the similarities?

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Lindsay Lohan / Lacey Jonas via / community.us.playstation.com

Lindsay Lohan is suing the makers of Grand Theft Auto for creating a character that she believes is based on her image. The lawsuit was filed yesterday in a New York court. Lilo believes that Lacey Jonas, a minor character from GTA V, is based on her, and there are undoubtedly a few similarities. Let's take a look:

– The Grand Theft Auto website describes the character Lacey Jonas as an "all-American romcom starlet".

– In GTA V, Lacey becomes exasperated that the driver rescuing her from paparazzi doesn't know who she is. In 2009, Lilo became enraged at being denied entry to a club, despite having her 15-year-old sister Ali with her. At the time she said, "You're making a huge mistake. Huge."

– Both Jonas and Lohan smoke, both have highlighted blonde hair and both speak on the precipice of absolute hysteria.

– Lindsay Lohan? Lacey Jonas? Come on. 

In her defence, by filing a lawsuit, Lohan has displayed a remarkable amount of self-awareness by identifying with Lacey Jonas – or at least, enough to sue. After all, the avatar's portrayed as an self-obsessed, vacuous airhead. Have a look at in-game footage of Lacey Jonas below and decide for yourself.

Lindsay, you may have a case. And it's not like Rockstar Games are short of cash. Earlier this year, owners Sam and Dan Houser made the Sunday Times Rich List with a joint fortune of £90 million. 

This isn't the first time that real-life celebrities have featured in Grand Theft Auto: Iggy Pop, Funkmaster Flex, Phil Collins and even comedians like Ricky Gervais and Frankie Boyle have appeared in the series. Karl Lagerfeld even recorded a radio show for the Grand Theft Auto IV, which players can listen to while driving around (at the time, Lagerfeld said that the games had "changed the world"). 

So maybe Lindsay should be pleased that she's made the cut – she's certainly in good company. Only difference is all those people got paid.

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