15/05/2014 11:12 BST | Updated 15/05/2014 11:59 BST

Scarlett Johansson Sues French Author Grégoire Delacourt, Says His Book Is 'Exploitative'

Scarlett Johansson is suing a French author, claiming his novel is exploitative of her.

Grégoire Delacourt’s novel ‘La Premier Chose qu’On Regarde’ (‘The First Thing We Look At’) tells the story of a model who looks so similar to Scarlett that she is seen only as a sex object by men, while women are all jealous of her.

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As the story unfolds, the model goes through a series of adventures under the guise of Scarlett, though she’s ultimately found out and dies in a car crash.


The actress’s lawyer told French newspaper Le Figaro that the book makes “defamatory claims about her private life” and is a “violation and fraudulent and illegal exploitation of her name, her reputation and her image”.

She plans to sue for €50,000 (£41,000) in damages, and is also trying to put the brakes on the novel being translated for an English audience or adapted for cinema.

A spokesperson for the book’s publisher JC Lattès said the actress was over-reacting by taking legal action, adding: “It is all the more surprising for the fact that the novel is not even about Scarlett Johansson. It is about a woman who is Scarlett Johansson's double.”

Meanwhile, Grégoire has similarly defended his book, claiming: “If an author can no longer mention the things that surround us, a brand of beer, a monument, an actor... it's going to be complicated to produce fiction.”

Grégoire’s previous novel ‘La Liste de mes envies’ (‘My List of Desires’) has been a success worldwide, being translated into 47 languages and a big screen adaptation is currently in the works.

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