Mob Wives‘ Karen Gravano Sues Grand Theft Auto V For $40M
Sammy the Bull‘s daughter alleges that the makers of Grand Theft Auto V based a character in the game on her without her permission. Former Mob Wives star Karen Gravano has filed a suit in the Manhattan Supreme Court for an astounding $40 million.
According to the New York Daily News, Gravano believes that Rockstar Games created the character, Antonia Bottino, on her without her authorization. The character’s father, former Gambetti family underboss Sammy (Sonny) Bottino, became a snitch. In looking at the online synopsis for the mature-rated game, it states that Antonia and her family was forced to move from town to town to remain safe.
In real life, Karen’s own father, Salvatore Gravano, better known as Sammy the Bull, was a Gambino underboss who snitched, helping to bring down famed mob boss John Gotti. Grand Theft Auto, which satires pop culture, history, and everything in-between, made an obvious reference to Karen as the character Antonia is not allowed to join a reality TV show called Wise B***hes.
With the lawsuit in play, Gravano claims that besides having her image used without consent, she’s “releasing a second book containing the parts of not-so known aspects of the story used by defendant.” The court papers note that she is asking for $20 million in compensation and another $20 million in punitive damages.
Rockstar Games’ smash hit became the fastest entertainment product to gross $1 billion, reaching that mark after only three days in stores. A spokesman for the video game company offered this remark to the press, saying, “We do not comment on legal matters.”