Scarlett Johansson wins legal damages against an author.

Scarlett Johansson has won legal damages against an author.

The Captain America actress claimed a mysterious blonde character in the novel The First Thing We Look At by Gregoire Delacourt was her "exact double" and her legal team told a court in Paris, France, that the writer had invented a series of love affairs with other celebrities, which amounted to a "fraudulent use of her personal rights", The Sun newspaper reports.

However, the writer argued that the Johansson character was in fact meant as a "tribute" to her beauty, saying: "It was meant as the highest praise. She is an archetypal beauty of our times, very human with a touching fragility.

"She is a wonderful, iconic actress. I was hoping that she might send me flowers because this book is, in a way, a declaration of love."

He added: "If I had known she was going to kick up such a racket, I would have picked another actress."

However, Scarlett's lawyer told the court that the novel presented her as a "sex object" and that the love affairs detailed in the book never took place.

The 29-year-old star - who is pregnant with her first child and is engaged to the father, French journalist Romain Dauriac - sought an injunction to stop the novel being translated or adapted, but that request was thrown out by the court.

Scarlett Johnansson drinking a SodaStream. Source: 1 NEWS

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