Katherine Heigl Sues Pharmacy for $6 Million & Her Timing Couldn't Be Worse

If there's any doubt in your mind that Katherine Heigl has money on the brain, you haven't been paying close enough attention to her life -- and who can blame you for that? The actress, who recently (and annoyingly) claimed she hasn't made a lot of money in the past few years, is now putting her lawyers where her mouth is by suing the pharmacy chain store Duane Reade for $6 million. Perhaps you're wondering what the store did to make her so mad? Did its employees purposely wax the floors with olive oil when they saw her coming? Nope. But whoever is in charge of the store's social media accounts did have the audacity to post a photo of Katherine carrying Duane Reade shopping bags as she exited an NYC store on its Twitter and Facebook pages and insist the 35-year-old actress actually shops there. So, $6 million for telling the truth -- has she gone mad?

I'll try to put on my best objective face here, despite not being the biggest Katherine fan. In her defense, she says Duane Reade used her image and name without permission in order to promote its store. And she has a point. It was a bit tasteless to run the photo without asking and to then tweet: "Love a quick #DuaneReade run? Even @KatieHeigl can't resist shopping #NYC's favorite drugstore."

In her lawsuit, it states that Katherine is "highly selective and well compensated" when she chooses to hawk a brand. As someone who is "in high demand in the entertainment industry," she and her lawyers feel asking $6 million is not outrageous because (I'm guessing) she would deserve to earn that much if she actually decided to promote the pharmacy.

Again, she has a point. But given the fact that Duane Reade tagged her in its tweet, I'm assuming they thought running a photo of her after she shopped there would be just fine and dandy -- or, at the very least, wouldn't cost them a few million. Silly on their part, since they obviously haven't been reading the same gossip stories about Katherine as we all have. I mean, I don't know her from a hole in the wall and even I could have told them this wasn't going to fly.

The former Grey's Anatomy star is apparently planning to donate the money she receives from this lawsuit to one of her favorite charities. Okay. That makes this whole ridiculous thing a wee bit better. But, unfortunately for Katherine, the fact that she's suing for a minor-ish issue that could be resolved by Duane Reade releasing an apology comes at a time when we've all been let in on her financial woes.

Or, should I say, the financial woes she claims to have ... uh, after earning $12 million just four years ago for Life as We Know It.

Someone, quick! Remind me why I get a bad taste in my mouth when I see a Katherine story?

Do you think Katherine is justified for suing Duane Reade for $6 million because they used her image?


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nonmember avatar Nass

The charity she is donating to is HER OWN CHARITY she founded.

nonmember avatar sarah

it will never see court..she would lose and the chain will get off cheap by settlement..throw 50k at her and she goes away

nonmember avatar Claire

She sounds insane and it's a shame because I used to really like her. A cease and desist letter to the company would be enough IMO.

worki... workingmama86

Well, maybe the judge will have some sense, and shoot this down. 

nonmember avatar Thompson

I believe the facts on this are that a paparazzi site tweeted the photo they took and this drug store chain retweeted it for shameless self-promotion. A tasteless move by the store. But how bad does Katherine Heigl now look for trying to sue for $6M for a photo in public in their store that the store chain did not take (but did retweet). She's already been black-balled by most of Hollywood for being one of the most difficult actresses to work with who has a history of being in breech of her acting contracts. She should be happy for the publicity because most people already forgot about her. The giving proceeds to charity bit is BS because the majority of these celebrity run charities keep 80-90% for themselves for "operating costs".

nonmember avatar +katherine

absolutely not!!!--she should be so thankful they recognized her and took her picture and gave her some publicity

nonmember avatar katherine

absolutely not!!!she should be so thankful they recognized her and gave her positive publicity to boost her career

nonmember avatar Beaella

Oh yes, now I remember where I saw her recently! Waking up in a NyQuil commercial because she can't get a job in Hollywood anymore due to being such a bi.ch and her mother swung the door right behind them! She's just looking for a quick buck! Hope the judge has the good sense to throw this one out!


This just makes her look like a huge a-hole.

Kate Cooley

Since Catherine Heigl is considered to be one of the most unpleasant celebrities to work with (and nobody's idea of putting in an ad), she should be glad they thought her worthy of retweeting!


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