Former 'Mob Wives' Star Sues Take-Two Over Grand Theft Auto V

February 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Karen Gravano, the daughter of New York City mobster-turned-informant Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, has filed a lawsuit in Manhattan against Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games, claiming that the game makers made a character based on her without her permission in Grand Theft Auto V. She is seeking $40 million for her "image and life story" being incorporated into the open-world action game without permission, according to New York Daily News.

“Notwithstanding the fact that plaintiff has the utmost respect for the writers and creators of the Grand Theft Auto V video game…her story is unique and is hers to tell,” according to papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court Monday.

Karen Gravano is a former star of the VH1 reality show Mob Wives.

According to Gravano’s lawyer Thomas Farinella, the character Antonia Bottino is based on his client. Bottino's father in the game, a former Gambetti family underboss named Sammy (Sonny) Bottino, eventually becomes an informant. In the game her father won't let her star in a show called "Wise Bitches," a play on the VH1 reality show.

The lawsuit goes on to say that the game producers could have sought her permission "with relative ease, which may have (averted) this action."

She is seeking $20 million in compensation and another $20 million in punitive damages.

A spokesman for Take-Two told the Daily News that it doesn't comment on pending legal matters.

Source: New York Daily News


Comments

Re: Former 'Mob Wives' Star Sues Take-Two Over Grand Theft ...

This is satire. Then, if the story is already known, it's not hers to tell. They made a parody on what is already public knowledge, to whatever loose extent.

Re: Former 'Mob Wives' Star Sues Take-Two Over Grand Theft ...

I'm trying to think of where this is because I don't even remember it.

Re: Former 'Mob Wives' Star Sues Take-Two Over Grand Theft ...

She's a random encounter out in the area directly east of the Paleto bay garage. There's two guys who have her tied up and are in the process of burying her persumably alive when you come across them. She'll pay you $60,000 after you deliver her to where she wants to go if you save her, you can also deliver her to your friends in the mountains.

Re: Former 'Mob Wives' Star Sues Take-Two Over Grand Theft ...

Fair Use and Parody rights are extremely likely on their side.

 
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