Scarlett Johansson sues over French book

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Actress Scarlett Johansson attends The 67th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions) Larry Busacca

Actress Scarlett Johansson is suing a French publishing house over a novel that uses her name and image and explores the challenges of being beautiful.

The JC Lattes publishing house said Friday that a lawsuit was filed last week about Gregoire Delacourt's book "The First Thing We Look At."

Johansson, 28, is seeking compensation and damages from the "breach and fraudulent use of personal rights," as well as a ban on "future transfer of rights and adaptations of the book," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

JC Lattes spokeswoman Emmanuelle Allibert says the publishing house's lawyers are preparing to respond to the court. Allibert says the book is entirely fiction and is about a character who looks like Johansson, not Johansson herself.

Johansson's French lawyer Vincent Toledano said in a statement to The Associated Press that Johansson is protesting the use of her name and image for "mercantile" purposes, and accuses the book of invading her privacy.

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