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Heigl ‘didn’t want to file lawsuit’

Katherine Heigl tried to resolve an issue with Duane Reade Inc privately, according to reports.

The former Grey’s Anatomy actress launched a $6 million lawsuit against Walgreen Co. subsidiary Duane Reade Inc on Wednesday, stating improper use of her name and photo to promote their brand.

However, it seems the decision wasn’t made lightly, and the 35-year-old had originally tried to resolve the problem outside of court.

“Her attorneys reached out to Duane Reade after [the tweet] was posted," an insider told US Weekly. "They called and asked for it to be taken down, and Duane Reade ignored them. She tried repeatedly to have this settled without a lawsuit."

The chain tweeted a photo of Katherine carrying one of their bags while in New York City filming her new TV show, State of Affairs. Duane Reade posted the shot to its social media accounts, along with the caption, "Love a quick #DuaneReade run? Even @KatieHeigl can't resist shopping #NYC's favorite drugstore (sic)."

Katherine’s attorney Peter Haviland revealed that her complaint is regarding false advertising and a “misappropriation” of her celebrity. He added that she expects Duane Reade to pay for the misuse of her name and likeness and that she intends to donate any proceeds from the lawsuit to charity.

“Pursuant to her instruction, any monies recovered will go to a non-profit foundation that she has worked for years to support," he said in a press release.

The charity is believed to be the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, which was established in memory of her brother, who died in a car accident as a teen. The foundation was set up in 2008 and aims to help shelter animals and assist special-needs creatures who have been abused or neglected.

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