Harris Faulkner, a Fox News anchor has sued Hasbro, the toy company for $5 million (£3.2m) for making a plastic hamster which shares the same name and also ‘bears a physical resemblance’ to her.
A TV news anchor who has been a part of covering everything from presidential elections to the fall of world leaders is now indulged in such a situation. It was a popular item in its Littlest Pet Shop toy line.
The NewYorkPost reported that she has filed a case against the company Hasbro Inc. for creating, manufacturing, and distributing a plastic toy hamster sharing her name, Harris Faulkner. She launched this suit in the US District Court located in New Jersey.
The co-host of Fox Outnumbered and anchor on Fox Report Weekend, Faulkner said, “the toy has the same physical appearance like me as I appear traditionally and professionally. I am emotionally hurt when I saw it. It was launched in 2014 bearing my name.”
However, the item is no longer available on the official website of company for sale but still she claimed in her lawsuit that the Hamster toy was willfully and inappropriately presented the uniqueness, name, distinctive persona of her to gain financial benefits.
Moreover, the lawsuit claims to not have the written permission of Faulkner to utilize her identities and likeliness to make it and described the hamster toy as demeaning and insulting to her portrayal.
According to the court papers, the Harris Faulkner toy made by Hasbro is a tiny tan-and-white hamster with blue eyes and a butterfly perched on its head — but it’s still a little too close for comfort for the Emmy-award-winning journalist.