The Slatest

Star of Viral Catcalling Video Sues Director, YouTube, T.G.I. Friday’s

Shoshana Roberts in the Hollaback street harassment video.

Actress Shoshana Roberts was reportedly catcalled some 100 times during the surreptitious filming of a YouTube video called “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman” that was posted last October and has since been viewed more than 40 million times. Now, TMZ reports, she’s suing the director of the video, Google, YouTube (which is owned by Google), and T.G.I. Friday’s (which made an ad video parody of the viral hit) for “using her likeness to promote their agenda.” TMZ’s writeup suggests though doesn’t state explicitly that Roberts’ concern is compensation rather than the political aims of the video, whose director Rob Bliss runs a viral marketing agency:

Her attorney says Shoshana did not have a written agreement with Bliss. He wouldn’t say if she was paid for the gig, but believes she didn’t get everything she was promised. He refused to be more specific.

Roberts is suing for at least $500k.

Here’s the video in question.