Hilary Swank says her likeness was used without permission in promotional material for a home-audio company.
The actress has filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court. Swank is the latest celebrity to test a California law that gives public figures control over their name and likeness.
George Clooney and Julia Roberts have recently filed similar suits against another audio-visual equipment company. They sued together after the company used the actors’ photographs in promotional material.
Swank claims that her image was used without permission in a campaign for
a Los Angeles based company. The owner of Robert’s Home Audio and Video has been named as a defendant.
Swank’s lawyer says the defendant never asked for permission to use her likeness or identity to market the company’s products.
Robert Eidel says the business never tried to profit from using Swank’s image. They have since removed the photographs from their online promotional material.
Hilary Swank is seeking unspecified damages in the lawsuit.