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Mob Wives' Karen Gravano suing Rockstar over GTA V character

Daughter of former mob boss alleges dev stole her likeness

Rockstar has been hit with a lawsuit for allegedly stealing the likeness and story of Mob Wives star Karen Gravano for a character in Grand Theft Auto V.

The character in question is Antonia Bottino (pictured below), a random-encounter character who complains of having spent time in witness protection after her father, Sammy 'Sonny' Bottino - former underboss of the fictional mafia-tied Gambetti family, snitched to police.


Gravano is the daughter of Salvatore 'Sammy the Bull' Gravano, a former underboss of the Gambino family who helped police with investigations into the family's crime organization. Gravano alleges that Rockstar used her likeness and story with the Bottino character without her consent, reports NY Daily News.

She is suing the developer for a total of $40 million; $20 million in compensation and $20 million in 'punitive damages'.

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

Ironically, Gravano, who is said to be working on a book detailing her story, claims Rockstar could have pursued her permission "with relative ease, which may have (averted) this action."

Take-Two announced earlier this month that GTA V shipments had surpassed hit 32.5 million, putting it on track to take the record of the best-selling standalone console game of all time, held by Mario Kart Wii at 34 million units.