Scarlett Johansson wins defamation case against French writer

American actress Scarlett Johansson has won a defamation case against French writer Gregoire Delacourt who used her likeness in a book.

Scarlett Johansson
Photo by: Georges Biard
According to a WebProNews report, the Avengers star accused the novelist of making "fraudulent use of her name, fame and image" in his book La Premiere Chose Qu’on Regarde (The First Thing We Look At), the character of which is described as Johansson's "exact double" who is treated as a "sex object."

Basically, industry observers said the author never asked permission to use Johansson's likeness.

Delacourt, however, argued that using her image was a compliment, saying: "It was meant as the highest praise. She is an archetypal beauty of our times, very human with a touching fragility. She is a wonderful, iconic actress. I was hoping that she might send me flowers because this book is, in a way, a declaration of love. If I had known she was going to kick up such a racket, I would have picked another actress."

Over 100,000 copies of the book have been sold so far, the WPN report stated.

The author, who was surprised that the actress sued him, insisted that his work is only "fiction" and the character in it "is not Scarlett Johansson." However, a court in Paris, France reportedly ruled in favor of the Captain America lead cast member.

Johansson filed a $69,302 lawsuit but the judge awarded her only $3,397. The court also denied her petition to prevent the book from being translated to other languages or adapted for a movie, the report added.

It turns out now that the case is a 'blessing in disguise' for the French author as he is getting free promotion for his book because of the news, thanks to Scarlett Johansson.