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Scarlett Johansson wins French novel lookalike case

Published on Jul 3, 2014 6:41 AM

PARIS (AFP) - Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson won damages on Wednesday against a French author whose novel features a character resembling the starlet who is treated as a sex object.

A Paris court ordered novelist Gregoire Delacourt to pay Johansson 2,500 euros (S$4,260) for his “hurtful and demeaning” depiction of a female lookalike in his book The First Thing We Look At.

The actress had sought 50,000 euros in compensation after accusing Delacourt of using her image to promote the novel, which has sold 100,000 copies since it was published in 2013.

The first part of the book is told through the eyes of a garage mechanic who “resembles a better version of Ryan Gosling” and thinks the book’s heroine is Johansson when she turns up on his doorstep.

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