The estate of Miss Cleo is reportedly suing the Grand Theft Auto video game series for portraying the late television psychic without their permission.
Psychic Readers Network, who holds the rights to Miss Cleo, filed a lawsuit against Rockstar Games and others involved in making Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, claiming that the woman and her Jamaican accent in the video game was taken from real-life and turned into the character “Auntie.”
The plaintiff is claiming that it spent over $100 million to create and promote the character of Miss Cleo, and Rockstar has made over half-a-trillion dollars exploiting their character for their own gain. Their evidence stems from Rockstar hiring Youree Harris, who plays Miss Cleo on TV, to voice the character in their game.
It’s strange that the lawsuit is coming 15 years after the game was created, but PRN is claiming that money is still being made off the game because of reissues and bundles.
Rockstar Games has responded to the suit and are calling it ridiculous. They told TMZ, “These claims are entirely meritless and completely ridiculous. We will vigorously defend ourselves with regard to this matter.”
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