Take-Two Faces GTAV Suit From Former Mob Wives Star
Yet another lawsuit leveled at Grand Theft Auto V, and this one could hurt a little.
Publisher Take-Two Interactive is being sued by Karen Gravano, the daughter of Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano. She was a recent star of VH1's reality TV show, "Mob Wives," although she's no longer part of the program.
Now, she wants $20 million in compensation and $20 million in punitive damages because she claims Take-Two ripped off her image and life story in GTAV. According to a report in the New York Daily News, here's a snippet from the filed papers:
"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."
Gravano claims that character Antonia Bottino is based on her, and she wasn't compensated or credited for the role. Bottino's father in the game is a former Gambetti family mob boss named Sammy (Sonny) Bottino, and he ends up becoming an informant, just like Gravano's father. He actually helped to take down John Gotti, in fact. Bottino also doesn't want her daughter to star in a fictional show called "Wise Bitches," an obvious parody of "Mob Wives."
Gravano's lawsuit says the developers could've just asked for her permission "with relative ease." Yeah, well, let's just say this is a woman who knows where the money is, and that's that.
Related Game(s): Grand Theft Auto V
2/26/2014 11:10:58 AM Ben Dutka