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Katherine Heigl Sues Duane Reade Over Use Of Photo

Katherine Heigl (credit: Getty Images)

Katherine Heigl (credit: Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Emmy-award winning actress Katherine Heigl claims the ugly truth about Duane Reade is that the pharmacy chain is using her image in promotional materials without her consent.

The 35-year-old actress, who has starred in the TV series “Grey’s Anatomy and the movies “Knocked Up” and “The Ugly Truth,” filed a lawsuit against the company Wednesday in Manhattan. Heigl claims she was recently photographed by paparazzi in New York City as she left a Duane Reade pharmacy and that the company is exploiting her image for commercial gain despite her objection.

Duane Reade tweeted the photo March 18.

http://twitter.com/DuaneReade/status/446025035312947200

Heigl is seeking $6 million in damages and says in her complaint she plans to donate any lawsuit proceeds to a charitable foundation that helps animals.

A Duane Reade spokesman did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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