Selena Gomez Files Lawsuit Against Company Who Used Her 'Likeness'
Selena Gomez made it clear that she won't let someone get away with using her name and likeness to sell a product. Page Six reported earlier today that the pop-star filed a $10 million lawsuit against the creators of a mobile game that purportedly used her persona.
According to Variety, one of the characters in the game, "Clothes Forever - Styling Game," is loosely based on Selena and they never asked for her permission to do so.
Variety was the first to pick up on the lawsuit against the game-makers who, in the description of their mobile app, suggested users would be asked for fashion advice in a simulation world from some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, including Gigi Hadid, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, and Kim Kardashian.
Reportedly, the in-app purchases include digital clothes and jewelry between the price of 99 cents up to $99.99. The image of contention is the promotional picture for the game which appears to mimic Gomez's appearence on Flare Magazine in 2015.
The cartoon depiction looks like an avatar version of Gomez's classic appearence in the magazine. Some of the images included in the game are of stars like The Weeknd, David Beckham, Kim Kardashian, and Taylor Swift, among many others.
According to the court documents, the makers of the game never asked for permission to use Selena's name and image for the mobile application. Moreover, her attornies suggested Gomez never would've consented to such use even if she was asked.
To add fuel to the fire, Gomez's lawyers suggested that the game only received a 3.5 star out of 5 on the App Store. In other words, Gomez would never agree to play a role in a production with such a low rating.
Her attornies claim Gomez has worked very carefully and meticulously to ensure all of her business collaborations and partnerships are up to her standards, and this game wasn't.
As most know, this wouldn't be the first time a celebrity filed a lawsuit against a third-party for using their image. Earlier this year, Sharon Stone dropped a lawsuit against Chanel West Coast for using her name repeatedly in her song , "Sharon Stoned." The results of the court case haven't been reported.