‘Mob Wives’ TV star sues Karen Gravano ‘Grand Theft Auto V’

How much does it cost when art imitates life too closely?

 

Patrick Howell O'Neill

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Published Feb 26, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 5:12 pm CDT

Karen Gravano, a reality television star and daughter of New York mobster and informant Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, is suing the makers of Grand Theft Auto V for $40 million. 

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Gravano claims her “image and life story” was used by developers Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games in the game without her permission, reports the New York Daily News.

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A former star of the VH1 reality show Mob Wives, Gravano says the GTA character Antonia Bottino is based on her life. You can check out Bottino here:

In the game, Bottino’s mob boss dad becomes an informant and forbids her from starring in a reality television show called “Wise Bitches.” Sounds familiar.

Here’s Gravano being interviewed in New York:

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Rockstar and Take-Two have refused to comment on the matter. 

Gravano is seeking $20 million in compensation and $20 million in punitive damages, which is really weird because anyone who has seen her on television knows she doesn’t usually pick outrageous and unwinnable fights just for attention. 

Oh wait.

Photo via New York Daily News | H/T GamePolitics

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*First Published: Feb 26, 2014, 5:39 pm CST