Actress Scarlett Johansson won a battle against an author who she says tried to diminish her character.
A Paris court ordered that novelist Gregoire Delacourt to pay Johansson 2,500 euros for his depiction of a female lookalike in his book called “The First Thing We Look At“. The novel features a woman whom resembles the actress, but is treated like a sex object.
Johansson was seeking to be compensated 50,000 euros for the use of her image to promote the novel. The book sold over 100,000 copies since it was published in 2013.
The woman’s looks in the story means men see her as a sex object, and the character is involved in a number of lustful relationships that the prosecutor, Vincent Toledano claimed to have “never existed”.
The author argued in court that the character is a tribute, and that the character was never intended to hurt Johansson. Other celebrity satire includes Ryan Gosling and Gene Hackman.