“Grey’s Anatomy” alum claims that drugstore made unauthorized use of her photo for promotional purposes
Katherine Heigl is just sick about how a photo of her is being used by a drugstore chain — and she’s suing-mad over it.
“Grey’s Anatomy” alum Heigl has filed a $6 million lawsuit against New York-based pharmacy chain Duane Reade, claiming that the company is illegally using her photo to for commercial gain.
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According to the suit, filed in federal court in New York on Thursday, Duane Reade used a paparazzi shot of Heigl leaving a Duane Reade store and put the shot up on the company’s Facebook and Twitter accounts to “imply falsely that Plaintiff endorses Defendant.”
In one instance, the lawsuit alleges, Duane Reade posted a tweet of the photo with the message, “Love a quick #DuaneReade run? Even @KateHeigl can’t resist shopping #NYC’s favorite drugstore.”
A spokesman for Duane Reade has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
The suit claims that Heigl has expressed a “strenuous objection” to the use of her photo, to no avail.
Heigl is seeking damages “not less than $6 million” which, the lawsuit says, will be donated to the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, which focuses on animal welfare.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.