Cypress Hill singer loses $250m GTA lawsuit

'Not enough evidence' to prove CJ character was ripped from artist's likeness

Cypress Hill model and backup singer Michael 'Shagg' Washington has lost a $250 million lawsuit brought against Rockstar parent company Take-Two for allegedly using his likeness as the basis for the character CJ from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.


Washington argued that, during the game's development, he met with Rockstar developers to discuss details of his former street life as a gang member and provided them with a photo of himself.

Washington's name even appeared in the game's credits as a model, the Hollywood Reporter says.

But the judge in the case ruled that "plaintiff is relying entirely on CJ's physical appearance in the game, but that appearance is so generic that it necessarily includes hundreds of other black males."

"Washington has presented no evidence demonstrating that the plot or characters of GTA: San Andreas have any relevance to his life or his purported fame," the judge added.

On Wednesday Rockstar finally confirmed a spring 2013 GTA V release date, saying that the highly anticipated sequel "will build on everything we've learned about open world game design".