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Actress Katherine Heigl is now demanding $6 million (£3.75 million) from the New York-based pharmacy chain after they allegedly used her picture posted on Twitter.com without permission.
She was photographed leaving their Duane Reade pharmacy with two bags of products earlier in 2014. That snap was later found in a tweet and posted on their official social networking blog on March 18.
The picture was also captioned with, “Love a quick #DuaneReade run? Even @KatieHeigl can’t resist shopping (at) #NYC’s favorite drugstore.”
According to TMZ.com, the actress wasn’t satisfied with the unauthorized use of her picture and filed suit and now demands compensation.
It seems like she’s already spent her millions, given that she plans to donate the funds to her animal rights charity, the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation.
“The Heigl photograph is a typical ‘paparazzi’ shot, depicting plaintiff walking on the street in New York City, in a private moment looking away from the camera,” the complaint said, according to the New York Daily News.
“Use of plaintiff’s image under these circumstances improperly exploited plaintiff’s name and likeness, as a celebrity, for defendant’s commercial advertising and purposes of trade, without authorization.”
And according to TMZ.com, she also emphasizes in the lawsuit that she is “a highly successful television and motion picture actress, producer and celebrity who continues to be in high demand in the entertainment industry,” and therefore no less than $6 million is sought for the use of her famous name.