Kathrine Heigl Sues Drugstore Chain Over Pic in Online Promotion

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Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 12:11 PM

By Nick Sanchez

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Actress Kathrine Heigl has filed a $6 million lawsuit against Duane Reade drugstores after the company used a paparazzi photo of her leaving one of the stores bags-in-hand on its Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Heigl, 35, filed the suit Wednesday in Manhattan Federal Court, stating she "is highly selective and well compensated" for endorsements, and "Duane Reade is liable for not less than $6 million in compensatory and punitive or treble damages," Reuters reports.

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The picture in the tweet issued by Duane Reade has a "Just Jared" logo in the bottom right corner, which belongs to a celebrity news site that specializes in paparazzi photographs.

The 15-page lawsuit says that Heigl intends to donate any money generated from the lawsuit to The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, a charity established in 2008 for her brother who was killed in a car accident.

Peter Haviland, Heigl's lawyer, confirmed the donation promise, and also told reporters, "We expect Duane Reade to pay for its willful misuse of Katherine Heigl's name and likeness."

TMZ reports that Heigl lists her acting credits in the lawsuit, which include TV's "Grey's Anatomy," as well as movies including, "Knocked Up," "The Ugly Truth," and "Life as We Know It."

The lawsuit claims that, "Plaintiff is a highly successful television and motion picture actress, producer and celebrity. Plaintiff continues to be in high demand in the entertainment industry," while also citing her 3.2 million Google results and 754,000 Twitter followers.

Notably, Heigl's "high demand" claim comes up against evidence gathered late last year by The Hollywood Reporter that the actress is notoriously hard to work with.

Duane Reade did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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