George Clooney and Julia Roberts are collaborating — on a lawsuit against a pair of audio-visual companies that have allegedly used the actors' images without their permission.
"The Descendants" star Clooney and "Mirror Mirror" star Roberts filed suit against Digital Projection Inc. and Beyond Audio Inc. in Los Angeles Superior Court in Santa Monica on Friday. The suit alleges misappropriation of right of publicity/right of privacy, misappropriation of common law right of publicity/right of privacy, trademark infringement and negligence.
The complaint claims that Digital Projection and Beyond Audio "prominently used large photographs of plaintiffs in defendants' advertising, marketing and promotions including print advertisements published in numerous magazines over the past several months; defendants' respective web sites … defendants' printed brochures, newsletters, and "e-mail blasts" distributed to their customers and prospective customers; and within defendants' large video displays at major international trade shows."
Digital Projection, based in Georgia, has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment. TheWrap reached out to Beyond Audio, which is based in British Columbia, Canada. However, a man who answered the phone at the company's headquarters declined to speak.
Clooney and Roberts — who filed under her married name, Julia Moder — are seeking unspecified general, special and punitive damages, plus an injunction preventing the companies from using their images in the future, plus attorney fees and interest.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.