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Rockstar in hot water over 15-year-old Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

by Eric Frederiksen | August 3, 2017August 3, 2017 6:30 am PDT

Grand Theft Auto studio Rockstar is in trouble over one of its parody characters again. But no, it’s not one of the characters in Grand Theft Auto V. Or Grand Theft Auto IV. Or San Andreas. Keep going, all the way back to Grand Theft Auto: Vice CityTMZ is reporting that the company that holds the rights to the late television psychic Miss Cleo, who passed away in 2016, has filed suit against the company for using her likeness for the Vice City character Auntie Poulet.

In case you’ve forgotten the minutiae of a fifteen-year-old game, here’s a video of the character, dug up by Eurogamer:

Psychic Readers Network claims that Rockstar and other parties involved in the production of Vice City have made over $500 million exploiting the character they had spent $100 million creating. Rockstar had hired the actress who played Miss Cleo to voice the character in the game as well, making the allegation pretty tough to deny.

The organization says that Rockstar continues to make money off of Vice City via re-issues and packages. Even though the game itself is a full 15 years old at this point, the company feels the suit is valid because of this.

Dollar-sign eyes

Grand Theft Auto is huge. Grand Theft Auto V alone topped 80 million copies sold back in May. The company has made hundreds of millions off of game sales alone, not even counting the lucrative Grand Theft Auto Online mode. It’s hardly a surprise, then, that companies and individuals alike would be looking to shave off a sliver of that money. Lindsay Lohan went after the company close to the release of GTAV over a similar likeness dispute, though the judge ultimately threw that out, calling GTAV a work of fiction and satire. We’re guessing the judge will do the same thing here.

Rockstar, however, will have to defend itself, and said in a statement to TMZ that “these claims are entirely meritless and completely ridiculous. We will vigorously defend ourselves with regard to this matter.”

Get your psychic jokes ready for after the lawsuit is tossed out.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...