Mobster's Daughter Sues, Says Grand Theft Auto V Copies Her Life Story

Mobster's Daughter Sues, Says Grand Theft Auto V Copies Her Life Story

The daughter of the mobster who brought down John Gotti is suing the makers of Grand Theft Auto V for $US40 million alleging a minor character in the game was based on her life story and it was used without her permission. Karen Gravano says "Antonia Bottino", (pictured in the background above) whom the player rescues in a random encounter called "Burial", at the far north of the map. Gravano appeared on the first three seasons of VH1's "Mob Wives" reality show and her lawsuit says she's publishing another book about her life soon.

Gravano's father was Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, a Gambino family underboss who in 1991 cooperated with federal prosecutors in the trial of Gotti, probably the most notorious latter-day American gangster. Gravano's testimony helped get Gotti a life sentence; Gravano received a five-year sentence for his activities, then went into the federal Witness Protection Program, moving out west to Arizona.

In Grand Theft Auto V, Antonia Bottino is the daughter of Sammy Bottino, who is never seen but whose story is told by Antonia. Sammy Bottino, according to Andrea, was an underboss in the Gambetti Family who had been the right hand man of boss Jon Gravelli. Bottino took his family into hiding out west after being set up on murder charges stemming from a Vice City hit. Bottino later took a plea agreement and became a government informer. One of his enemies seeks revenge by having Antonia Bottino kidnapped and buried alive at the dirt bike track out in Paleto Bay, which the player thwarts.

It's not clear from the lawsuit whether Karen Gravano says she was ever kidnapped by her dad's old enemies or threatened with being buried alive. The suit says she's publishing "a second book containing the parts of not-so known aspects of the story used by" Rockstar Games.

A Rockstar Games spokesman told the New York Daily News that the company does not comment on legal matters.

In November, TMZ reported that Lindsay Lohan had contacted her attorneys to discuss either demanding money from Rockstar or suing them over the use of her likeness in Grand Theft Auto V. TMZ implied that Lohan thinks the bikini model appearing on the game's cover was her.

In 2010, Michael "Shagg" Washington, a former backup dancer for Cypress Hill, sued Rockstar for $US250 million, alleging that Carl "C.J." Johnson, the protagonist of 2004's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, was based on him and was an unauthorised use of his likeness. A judge tossed that suit in November 2012.

And in 2008, a federal appeals court threw out a lawsuit brought by the strip club PlayPen, located in East Los Angeles, which alleged San Andreas' Pig Pen club was based on it. Rockstar conceded that the club was modelled somewhat on the PlayPen, but the court said Rockstar's actions were not enough to warrant an infringement claim.

Former 'Mob Wives' star says 'Grand Theft Auto V' ripped off her life story for character in game: suit [Daily News]


    I thought cockroaches were meant to scurry away when the light shone on them?
    It would appear that the opposite is true when the GTA spotlight shines, the cockroaches come a scurrying for a piece of the pie

    I should sue for being a random civilian doing random civilian activities. That's where rockstar got their civilians from. Should try and cash in.

    oh gawd, yet another muppet that thinks GTAV is about them so they are suing
    whats this, like the 8th?

      The Muppets would never do such a thing, take that back.

    Pretty sure the comment stands: Only in America.

    She would know this would be tossed out. She's just doing it to get publicity for her new book.

    It's probably annoying for R* and always keeps them on their toes whenever wanting to parody anyone. As far as I know, SNL doesn't get sued by anyone for mimmicking people.

    I had my push bike stolen by a thug and I chased him on foot, I'm sure rockstar used my experience in one of their mini missions.....clearly I'll get millions from it.

    Normally in the case of lawsuit for use of a life story I'd be sceptical but want to hear the whole story. However, when the same news item has a phrase akin to "I've also got a book coming out" that kind of feels less authentic somehow.

      Yeah, if I was reporting on this, I'd leave the book out.

      Actually, I'd leave the whole story out. Why be a shill for her when it is an obvious PR stunt?

        Because if I didn't know there was a book coming out I wouldn't know it was a PR stunt

    I live in a house, clearly all the main characters have been based on my life since they too live in houses, gib moni plox

    Well, this is a nice change from people blaming GTA as inspiration for child gun violence. The child grew up and is now saying 'GTA IS MY LIFE'.

    Last edited 27/02/14 12:57 pm

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