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Actress Katherine Heigl sues Duane Reade for unauthorised photo use

Published on Apr 10, 2014 7:00 AM
 
Actress Katherine Heigl has filed a US$6 million (S$7.5 million) civil lawsuit against New York pharmacy Duane Reade for using her name and an unauthorised paparazzi photograph of her in its commercial advertising. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Actress Katherine Heigl has filed a US$6 million (S$7.5 million) civil lawsuit against New York pharmacy Duane Reade for using her name and an unauthorised paparazzi photograph of her in its commercial advertising.

Heigl, the star of the films The Ugly Truth and Life as We Know It and a best supporting actress Emmy winner for Grey's Anatomy, filed the lawsuit on Wednesday in New York federal court.

The complaint said she was photographed in March near a Duane Reade store in New York while filming a new television series. Duane Reade posted the photo on its Twitter and Facebook account with captions advertising the store without her approval, the complaint said, Duane Reade did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"We expect Duane Reade to pay for its wilful misuse of Katherine Heigl's name and likeness," said her lawyer Peter Haviland, adding that any money recovered would go to a charity she has supported for many years.

 
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