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

Karen Gravano is suing “Grand Theft Auto V” because she believes the game has illegally copied her life. Cinema Blend reports on Feb. 26 that the former “Mob Wives” star states one of the characters in the video game is based on her life. Gravano claims she did not give permission to be included and wants to be compensated with $40 million.

Karen Gravano
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Karen Gravano
Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Gravano’s attorney shares that the game’s character Antonia Bottino is based on the former “Mob Wives” star. The storyline for the character has many similarities to Gravano’s life including her father not wanting her to appear on a reality TV show and her relocation. Her lawyer points out that “Grand Theft Auto V” could have avoided the lawsuit by asking for proper rights to her story.

Gravano is the daughter of Salvatore (Sammy the Bull), and the game uses the name Sammy Bottino for Antonia’s father. The video game has earned $1 billion, and Gravano wants her share by asking for $40 million in the lawsuit. Rockstar Games has not publicly commented on the case, but this is not the first time it has been sued.

Although she is no longer part of the “Mob Wives” show, Gravano is still promoting her book “Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy ‘The Bull’ Gravano, and Me!” She also claims that she is working on a new book that will be released soon and will reveal more about the video game’s connection to her life.