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We’re not sure what would lead one of the world’s largest toymakers to name a plastic hamster after a Fox News anchor, but Hasbro did. And now Harris Faulkner is suing.
The Fox News Outnumbered anchor has filed a $5 million suit against Hasbro over its use of her name and likeness.
“Hasbro’s manufacture, sale, and distribution of the Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll is extremely concerning and distressing to Faulkner,” according to the 15-page filing, obtained by Deadline. Lawyers say the doll “bears a physical resemblance to Faulkner’s traditional professional appearance, in particular tone of its complexion, the shape of its eyes, and the design of its eye makeup.”
The suit goes on to say Faulkner does not “endorse products of any kind, as doing so would be a breach of journalistic ethics.”
Hasbro would not comment on the suit, but did correct one aspect of it: that the Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll is not a choking hazard. “The Littlest Pet Shop product identified, and all products in the Littlest Pet Shop line, meet and exceed all safety standards,” Hasbro says.
We’re pretty certain Hasbro has shelved the idea for the Tickle Me O’Reilly doll.