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.