Lindsay Lohan is suing the makers of popular video game "Grand Theft Auto" for allegedly appropriating her image without permission.

She should look at the bright side -- at least someone is paying attention to her.

Lohan contends she was the model for a character named Lacey Jonas.

Like the "Mean Girls" star, Jonas is affiliated with the Hotel Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, "a place where the plaintiff once lived and often frequents," according to the civil suit filed in Manhattan on Wednesday.

The suit reportedly says Lohan wants unspecified monetary damages from gamemaker Take-Two Interactive.

As the New York Post points out, Lohan's filing doesn't mention that she skipped out on a $46,000 bill at Chateau Marmont in May 2012. I don't know if that's in the "Grand Theft Auto" story line, as I'm too mature to play violent video games.

As far back as December, Lohan's people -- I'm assuming she still has those -- were saying they wanted to sue Take-Two, after the company released the fifth version of the game in September.

The gamemaker has not commented on the suit.

The suit alleges Take-Two used Lohan's name without her permission to promote the game, announcing "to the general public and media venues that the game features a mission where the plaintiff's look-alike asks another character to take her home and escape the paparazzi."


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And since Lindsay Lohan is the only celebrity stalked by paparazzi, they must mean her.

The game's cover also features a curvy blonde in a red bikini taking a selfie and flashing a peace sign -- which is apparently identical to a picture of Lohan doing the same thing in a pink swimsuit.

I'm no legal scholar but ... really?

That picture and others "incorporate her likeness, clothing, outfits, clothing line products, ensemble in the form of hats, hair style, sunglasses, jean shorts worn by (Lohan) ... before the release of the GTA V video game," the suit alleges.

The suit claims Lohan is "recognized in social media and has been a celebrity actor, regularly depicted in television, tabloids, blogs, movies, fashion related magazines, talk shows for the past 15 years." It also apparently points out other companies pay Lohan for using her likeness, while Take-Two, a "multibillion-dollar business," has not paid her a cent.

Tony Hicks provides celebrity commentary for the Bay Area News Group. Contact him at Facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.TonyHicks or Twitter.com/insertfoot.