Karen Gravano Suing Grand Theft Auto V Makers

By: Ellisha Rader Mannering - February 27, 2014

Karen Gravano, star of Mob Wives, is suing the makers of Grand Theft Auto V for using her likeness without permission. Gravano claims that one of the female characters in the game named Antonia Bottino not only looks similar to Gravano but also shares a similar past.

In the game, Bottino is saved by the main character from being buried alive. The character explains how her father was pinned for a murder he didn’t commit and how her family had to move around between safe houses to hide.

Gravano says she isn’t the only member of her family who is portrayed in the video game. Bottino’s father, Sammy (Sonny) Bottino shares a similar story as Gravano’s father, Sammy (The Bull Gravano.) Sammy Bottino turns into a snitch at one point in the game.

Another part of the game that Gravano says mimics her life is the game’s television show Wise Bitches, which Gravano claims is similar to the show Mob Wives. In the game, Antonia Bottino is forbidden to go on the show by her father.

Gravano isn’t upset that her likeness and story are being used in the game. She is just upset that she isn’t being paid for it. Gravano released a statement about the lawsuit saying,

“Gravano has the utmost respect for the writers and creators of the ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ video game, but her story is unique and is hers to tell, not that of the writer in the video game. This is impermissible and is a direct misappropriation and destruction of [Gravano’s] name, likeness, personal life story and image.”

“This has damaged plaintiff because the plaintiff is releasing a second book containing the parts of the not-so-known aspects of the story used by ‘Grand Theft Auto V.’

“The time line for which this information was released is against [Gravano’s] wishes,” she continued in her lawsuit.

Gravano has shared her story numerous times on Mob Wives and in a book titled, “Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy ‘The Bull’ Gravano, and Me!” If it is going to be shared again through the ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ video game, she is determined to profit from it.

Do you think Gravano has a right to file the lawsuit against the game makers or is she just looking for attention and money?

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Ellisha Rader ManneringEllisha is a writer, wife, and mommy to Cyrus and Milo. She enjoys fishing, hiking, being outdoors, shopping, traveling with her family and teaching baton twirling. Follow her on Twitter @lishann

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  • edward lynch

    I didn’t see any PIGS in the game……….

  • seriously ?

    What a beast !!!!!!

  • Chifferbrane

    Looks like she just crossed the line of one too many plastic surgerys

    • Scott2262

      No she didn’t. Criticize her for something else because she looks absolutely natural.

  • GrenadeCatcher

    She wouldnt be suing anyone if the game wasnt successful. Typical dumb bitch.

    • Richard Galvin

      Dumb? What would be the pointing of suing for royalties she was owed if the there were no royalties? Dumb people should really call other people dumb. It’s just dumb.

      • GrenadeCatcher

        Learn english, moron.

  • Bob Wayne-Crain

    They must of fa-gotta!!!! OOOO ba bop ding.

  • Hondo Lane

    This girl needs to eat a big bowl, of shut the he11 up.

  • han solo

    So wait she’s suing for rock star using a FICTIONAL character that she (A ACTOR) plays?

  • Mclovin

    She’s a dumb bitch that’s thirsty 4 some guap. That’s what you call a DUMB BITCH !!!

  • Mike

    Its disgusting,what has this bimbo done to deserve 40Mil.Sleep with A rat,murderer.
    I think she has a few wrinkles ALL over.I dont care for Kim K.but at least she has looks,This one is a zero.

  • App Gen

    Someone needs $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ BADDDDDDDD

  • Ralph Snart

    Jesus , who dragged a sasquatch off the mountain shaved it and taught it to walk upright? Oh hell , my bad , that’s a human female you say? If you insist , I wanna see the science backing that up though til then she is a Squatch at best and judging by the gut more likely a Wendigo in reality.