Katherine Heigl sues drugstore for tweeting her photo

Former Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl has filed a $6 million civil lawsuit against New York drugstore chain Duane Reade for using her name and a paparazzi photograph without her consent on Wednesday, April 9. A tweet on the drugstore’s account says, “Love a quick #Duane Reade run? Even @KatieHeigl can’t resist shopping #NYC’s favorite drugstore.” The post includes a picture of Katherine carrying two Duane Reade shopping bags, linked to Just Jared website. The photo was taken in March near a Duane Reade store in New York while the actress was filming in a new TV series. The same picture was posted on Duane Reade’s Facebook account with captions advertising the store without Heigl’s permission. “We expect Duane Reade to pay for its willful misuse of Katherine Heigl’s name and likeness,” said her lawyer Peter Haviland, adding that any money recovered would go to a charity the actress has supported for many years. ~Alexandra Sharova

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  1. Dina • April 10, 2014 @ 4:30 PM

    Her horrible attitude took her down in film industry. Now that no one wants to hire her as she has a chance to get money to sue others. Goodluck

  2. anonymous • April 10, 2014 @ 5:33 PM

    The money will be going to a charity she supports. It’s called The Kat Heigl bank account”

  3. Shay • April 10, 2014 @ 7:13 PM

    I will slap your face bitch!

  4. SHEPHARD • April 10, 2014 @ 9:40 PM

    She wont get a cent because she does not own the pic. the person who posted actually owes it.

  5. SD • April 10, 2014 @ 9:48 PM

    How ridiculous! What next? Suing your friends for tagging you in pictures? She needs to get off her high horse. She ain’t the it girl anymore.

  6. T • April 11, 2014 @ 1:09 AM

    Honestly, she’s well within her rights. A person can take a picture of her an post it, a company can not. She never agreed to endorse them. If they had asked her to advertise she would have been paid to do the same thing. So why shouldn’t she get the money they would have had to pay her in order for her to advertise.

  7. Mickey • April 11, 2014 @ 9:28 AM

    How sad for Catherine. Her career has taken such a nose-dive that her only means of making money – Zzzquil ads and suing drug stores! If only your bad attitude hadn’t killed your film and TV career.

  8. Mickey • April 11, 2014 @ 9:28 AM

    Ooops, I meant to say Katherine …

  9. Cranberries • April 11, 2014 @ 9:58 AM

    Yo T,

    In the US companies are people

  10. Snepts • April 14, 2014 @ 1:49 AM

    I don’t blame her one bit and hope she takes Duane Reade to the cleaners.

  11. jc • April 19, 2017 @ 8:28 PM

    Why didn’t this company ask for her permission? They’re using her to make more profit. It’s only fair she gets a piece of the profit too.

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