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Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner sues toy company for making hamster with the same name that 'bears a physical resemblance' to her

Faulkner's suit claims the 'portrayal of her as a rodent is demeaning and insulting'

Heather Saul
Wednesday 02 September 2015 16:57 BST

A Fox News anchor is reportedly suing a toy-making company for $5 million (£3.2m) over a plastic hamster that shares the same name as her.

Harris Faulkner, a co-host on Fox Outnumbered and anchor on Fox Report Weekend, launched a suit against the company Hasbros Inc. in the US District Court in New Jersey for "creating, manufacturing, and distributing for sale a plastic toy hamster named "Harris Faulkner”, according to the New York Post.

Faulkner claims it bears a "physical resemblance to [her] traditional professional appearance" and says she suffered "emotional damage" after the toy from the Littlest Pet Shop range was released with the same name in 2014.

The toy is no longer on sale via the company's website, but Faulkner’s suit claims the company "willfully and wrongfully appropriated Faulkner's unique and valuable name and distinctive persona for its own financial gain”.

It also complained that Hasbro had not requested Faulkner’s permission to use her identity, name or likeliness for the toy and described the alleged portrayal of her as a hamster as “demeaning and insulting”.

A spokesperson for Hasbro told The Independent it does not generally comment on litigation matters.

The Independent has contacted Faulkner for comment.

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