Grand Theft Auto 5 makers being sued for $40 million by former Mob Wives star

Wednesday, 26th February 2014 18:12 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Grand Theft Auto 5 makers Rockstar are being sued by former Mob Wives star Karen Gravano.

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She is alleging the developer used her likeness and personal story for the character Antonia Bottino who is featured in a random encounter mission titled “Burial”.

In the game, Bottino tells the player her father, Sonny Bottino, turned state evidence against the Gambetti crime family after retiring as an underboss.

Like the game character Bottino, Gravano’s father Sammy Gravano was an underboss for the Gambino crime family. He also became a government witness as part of a plea bargain.

Gravano is suing Rockstar for $40 million, according to NY Daily News: $20m in compensation and $20m for punitive damages.

“Notwithstanding the fact that plaintiff has the utmost respect for the writers and creators of the Grand Theft Auto 5 video game, her story is unique and is hers to tell,” the lawsuit reads.

Gravano is set to release a biography, and she feels Rockstar could have licensed her story “with relative ease,” and thus averting the lawsuit.

Thanks, Eurogamer.



  1. aseddon130

    yeah, good luck with that love.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. BrokenSpline

    We have been through this before and it won’t work even the guy Rockstar had gone to for San ANdreas tried the same thing and failed.

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Dragon

    My face looks like that random stranger #123. Can I get some millions too?

    #3 10 months ago
  4. tmac2011

    she just tryig to get free money another idiot

    #4 10 months ago
  5. lolatfanboys

    I´m a huge GTA fan, but I´m not blind to it. There is no doubt that alot of stories get stolen and reused. She won´t get the money she asks, but they will settle for sure. But that´s why we have judges, not biased idiots opinions. As if inspirations come out of a fevered dream, wonder where that vice city inspiration came from. People sued other because they have things like “Saga” in their title without any other similarities.

    Some of it is true and some of it bs, I just don´t like your guys attitude.

    #5 10 months ago
  6. BrokenSpline


    Uh no none of the people making these type of claims have ever settled. All of the cases have been dismissed. Even if this woman was in this case and it was in the newspaper its part of public record which is free for anyone to use.

    #6 10 months ago
  7. Hyperx64

    “All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.”

    #7 10 months ago
  8. gyactive The

    This why gta can’t make anything new for the online because of this bs !

    #8 10 months ago
  9. RocknRolla

    Good luck these things R* would get the best lawyers :) its all just for media believe me guys don´t this too serious :)

    #9 10 months ago

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