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Mob Wives star sues Rockstar

Claims GTA V stole her life story

Karen Gravano, former star of reality TV show Mob Wives and daughter of Salvatore 'Sammy the Bull' filed a lawsuit against Rockstar Games at the Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday.

In the $40 million suit she accuses the developer of stealing her life story for the character Antonia Bottino, who features in the side mission Burial in Grand Theft Auto V.

"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, and seen by NY Daily News.

She and her lawyer Thomas Farinella are asking for $20 million in compensation and another $20 million in punitive damages, arguing that Rockstar could have contacted Gravano ""with relative ease, which may have (averted) this action."

Rockstar has chosen not to comment on the suit.

This isn't the first legal trouble Rockstar has faced over Grand Theft Auto V, it's already faced suits from rap artist Daz Dillinger and troubled actress Lindsay Lohan.

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Latest comments (3)

Paul Jace Merchandiser 2 years ago
This isn't the first legal trouble Rockstar has faced over Grand Theft Auto V, it's already faced suits from rap artist Daz Dillinger and troubled actress Lindsay Lohan.
And so far Daz's claim is the only one with any real credibility. Everyone else is just trying to cash in. If this keeps up don't be surprised to see Johnny Nobody filing suit because one of the extra characters in the background of mission such and such shares his tattoo.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Paul Jace on 28th February 2014 3:35am

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Andrew Watson Tools Programmer 2 years ago
If it was that big of a problem for her, she certainly took her time thinking about it
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Andrew Ihegbu Studying Bsc Commercial Music, University of Westminster2 years ago
@Andrew Watson

It may not be hugely applicable to a behemoth like GTA5, but its common copyright lawyer practice to let you make the money before suing it out of you, simply so that you are acting to maximize profits for the entire duration that that disputed item is actually being exploited.

Why? Becasue you don't want it to cut it's marketing/spending budget or 'inadvertently' do something to minimize the amount it owes you before it actually receives the money.
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