Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner has sued toy-maker Hasbro for $5 million in federal district court in New Jersey over a toy hamster that she says has both her and her likeness.
Faulkner, 49, a six-time Emmy winner who joined Fox in 2005, called the toy "demeaning and insulting" in the lawsuit, reports Deadline Hollywood.
In Monday's filing, Faulkner also is suing for false endorsement and unfair competition, along with violation of her right of publicity. Hasbro introduced the "Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll"
to its Little Pet Shop line in 2014.
"Hasbro's manufacture, sale, and distribution of the Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll is extremely concerning and distressing to Faulkner," the 15-page filing said.
"In addition to its prominent and unauthorized use of Faulkner's name, elements of the Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll also bear a physical resemblance to Faulkner’s traditional professional appearance, in particular tone of its complexion, the shape of its eyes, and the design of its eye makeup.
"Hasbro’s capitalization on Faulkner’s name, likeness, identity, and persona is underscored with the display of the 'TM' symbol after her name and a statement on the back of the packaging that this symbol 'denote[s] U.S. Trademark' that — falsely — claims that Hasbro owns a United States trademark in 'Harris Faulkner," according to the lawsuit.
The Fox anchor is also requesting that Hasbro provide a full accounting of how much it has made on the toy and is seeking a cease-and-desist order against the No. 3 toy maker, according to the report.
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