Actress Wants Pharmacy To Pay Her $6M For Using Photo Of Her Outside The Store

Famous people! Isn’t it funny how they also get stuffy noses, use cotton swabs and sometimes just need a bag of fun-size candy bars, like other humans do? Sure, celebrities shop at the pharmacy. It’s where the toilet paper is when you need it. But Katherine Heigl, an actress from movies about too many bridesmaids dresses, doesn’t like that New York City chain Duane Reade is allegedly using a paparazzi pic of her shopping at the store as part of its advertising efforts.

She’s suing Duane Reade for “not less than $6 million” in damages claiming that the chain used her name and image in its commercial advertising, reports Reuters.

Last month she was snapped walking out of the store with Duane Reade bags in her hands, a photo you can see as of right now on the store’s Facebook page as well as its Twitter account, with the caption:”Love a quick #DuaneReade run? Even @KatieHeigl can’t resist shopping #NYC’s favorite drugstore.”

Heigl’s complaint says the company shared that photo with the captions advertising the store without her approval, and that she “is highly selective and well compensated” when she does endorse something.

“Duane Reade is liable for not less than $6 million in compensatory and punitive or treble damages,” the lawsuit, filed in federal court yesterday, reads.

“We expect Duane Reade to pay for its willful misuse of Katherine Heigl’s name and likeness,” said her lawyer, noting that the money will go toward a charity.

Looks like Walgreens has a new customer. Because everyone knows the corner bodegas don’t have the extra soft toilet paper, only the overpriced, sandpapery rolls that your roommate buys at 2 a.m. when he remembers you asked him to pick some up.

Actress Katherine Heigl sues Duane Reade for unauthorized photo use [Reuters]

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  1. frozenactivist says:

    Aren’t Duane Reade and Walgreens the same company?