Scoop: Hasbro, anchor settle suit over Harris Faulkner hamster doll

Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner and Hasbro have decided to play nice.

Faulkner “amicably” settled her $5 million lawsuit against Hasbro over a plastic toy hamster that had her name, according to a statement released by both parties on Wednesday, TheWrap website reports.

Financial terms of the agreement were not revealed, although the company has stopped making and selling the doll, part of its “Littlest Pet Shop” product line.

Faulkner sued the toymaker in New Jersey federal court in September 2015, saying the company used her name, and likeness, without authorization.

“In addition to its prominent and unauthorized use of Faulkner’s name, elements of the Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll also bear 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 claimed, adding that the portrayal was “demeaning and insulting.”

Hasbro, which filed a motion to dismiss the suit (which was rejected by U.S. District Judge Katharine Hayden), denied that the toy was named for Faulkner and said there was no resemblance between the news anchor and the doll.

As the gossip site Jezebel astutely notes that Harris Faulkner hamsters still in circulation could be quite valuable, the real Harris reiterated in the statement that she does not endorse — or approve — of them.

TONI BRAXTON UPDATE

Contrary to recent Scoop reports, Grammy–winner Toni Braxton is not kicking off her 2016 tour at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre this weekend, as originally scheduled. Her PR team announced that the singer, who has lupus and recently was hospitalized, has changed the opening date of the tour to Oct. 12 in Detroit. Tickets for the postponed Oct. 8 show in Oakland will be honored for the rescheduled Jan. 28 date.

QUICK TAKES

An insider reported to Life & Style magazine that Leonardo DiCaprio “went crazy” for the material in Bruce Springsteen’s new memoir “Born to Run” and has offered the rocker’s people $10 million for movie rights” — but that Springsteen has “always maintained that he would never allow his life story to become a movie.” … Madame Tussauds San Francisco is celebrating the Indian national holiday Diwali with a new attraction — wax figures of Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan — and a unveiling bash from 7 to 9 tonight at the Fisherman’s Wharf location.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Musician Will Butler of Arcade Fire is 34. … Singer Melinda Doolittle (”American Idol”) is 39. … Actor Jeremy Sisto is 42. … Actor Ioan Gruffudd is 43. … Singer-songwriter Matthew Sweet is 52. … Actress Elisabeth Shue is 53. … Guitarist David Hidalgo of Los Lobos is 62.

— Staff, wire reports

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