Katherine Heigl Files $6 Million Lawsuit Against Pharmacy Chain

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“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.”

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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.

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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.