Rockstar Sued over Character’s Likeness in GTA: Vice City

Rockstar Sued over Character’s Likeness in GTA: Vice City

In stranger news, Rockstar is in legal crosshairs over a character’s supposed likeness in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – a 15-year-old game. The company that holds the rights to famous American psychic Miss Cleo is suing the developer, in what they claim is improper use of her image.

The Psychic Readers Network is taking umbrage with fictional character Auntie Poulet. She appears in Rockstar’s 2002 open-world crime game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, providing missions for the main character.

In a report from TMZ (via GameSpot), the Psychic Readers Network say they’ve spent more than $100 million USD over the years cultivating Miss Cleo’s image. They claim that Rockstar have made more than $500 million USD by “exploiting” their character.

Youree Dell Harris portratyed Miss Cleo, and did the voicework for Auntie Poulet in Vice City. She died in 2016 at the age of 53.

Rockstar gave the following response to the lawsuit:

These claims are entirely meritless and completely ridiculous. We will vigorously defend ourselves with regard to this matter.

We’ll keep you updated as this story develops.



 

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Comments Comments (10)

 
Posted by Xaphriel
On Friday 4 Aug 2017 2:09 PM
7
So they waited a year after she died to sue over a game character she voiced herself 15 years ago?

What!?
 
 
 
Posted by drunk_monk
On Friday 4 Aug 2017 2:38 PM
3
4 August 2017, 02:09 PM Reply to Xaphriel
So they waited a year after she died to sue over a game character she voiced herself 15 years ago?

What!?
It's 'murica, if you want to get rich then SUE SUE SUE!
 
 
 
Posted by kniteowl
On Friday 4 Aug 2017 2:45 PM
2
Surely some sort of statute of limitations applies here... this is ridiculous.
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Friday 4 Aug 2017 3:09 PM
3
Rockstar are invincible to these petty sueings MUWAHAHA
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Friday 4 Aug 2017 3:14 PM
2
Land of the free
 
 
 
Posted by predatorhunter
On Friday 4 Aug 2017 3:33 PM
2
Everyone wants a piece of rockstars pie.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Friday 4 Aug 2017 3:48 PM
-4
When will they relize these never work against Rockstar, though somebody should sue take 2.
 
 
 
Posted by MadCant
On Friday 4 Aug 2017 4:19 PM
2
What a load of BS.
 
 
 
Posted by 163Battery
On Saturday 5 Aug 2017 8:23 AM
3
Psychic Readers Network? It's going to funny when they lose. If only a bunch of psychics could predict the future hahaha.
 
 
 
Posted by CoffeeAddict
On Sunday 6 Aug 2017 5:16 PM
2
IM not sure that they could even get this to court, that said Rockstar take no prisoners so bring it!