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Scarlett Johansson sues French author over novel lookalike

Published on May 15, 2014 4:52 AM
US actress Scarlett Johansson (right) answers a question from a journalist as she arrives to attend a press conference of the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier at a shopping mall in Beijing on March 24, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson on Wednesday launched a court case seeking damages from a French author whose novel features a character that closely resembles her.

The star is suing for 50,000 euros (S$85,700) in damages from the author and his publisher JC Lattes over the best-selling "La premiere chose qu'on regarde" (The first thing we look at).

The book's heroine, Janine Foucamprez, is described as strongly resembling Johansson, who is due to attend the Cannes film festival this week.

The first part of the novel is told through the eyes of a garage mechanic who "resembles a better version of Ryan Gosling" and thinks Johannson has turned up on his doorstep.

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