PARIS — Actress Scarlett Johansson is suing a French publishing house over a novel that uses her name and image and explores the challenges of being beautiful.
The JC Lattes publishing house said last week that a lawsuit was filed earlier this month about Gregoire Delacourt’s book “The First Thing We Look At.”
JC Lattes spokeswoman Emmanuelle Allibert says the publishing house’s lawyers are preparing to respond to the court. Allibert says the book is entirely fiction and is about a character who looks like Johansson, not Johansson herself.
Murdoch files for divorce
LOS ANGELES — News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce from Wendi Deng Murdoch, his wife since 1999, citing a breakdown in the relationship. The matter doesn’t alter the succession plan for the media company, which the 82-year-old founder controls through a family trust.
The couple are parents to two daughters, Grace and Chloe, ages 11 and 9. The girls have no voting stake in the company, but they are beneficiaries of 8.7 million non-voting shares that are held in a trust. Wendi Deng Murdoch, 44, also has non-voting shares.
Murdoch controls nearly 40 percent of the voting shares of News Corp. through a separate family trust. He has four other children, Prudence, James, Lachlan and Elisabeth, who have equal votes in electing trustees. Upon Murdoch’s death, his four eldest children will continue to have the most say in who controls News Corp.