Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto: Vice City originally launched back in May 2002 for PlayStation 2, and even now it is still causing controversy. Apparently, Psychic Readers Network isn’t too fond of the Auntie Poulet character found in the game.
Psychic Readers Network is the company that holds the rights to the persona of Miss Cleo, a character donned by Youree Dell Harris back in 1997 as a spokeswoman for psychic pay-per-call services. Psychic News Network believes that the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City character, notably voiced by Youree Dell Harris, made use of the Miss Cleo persona without properly requesting permission. According to TMZ, the company has now filed suit against Rockstar Games and other companies that assisted in creating and distributing the game.
In the lawsuit, Psychic Readers Network claims that the creation and management of the Miss Cleo persona has cost the company over $100 million. Additionally, the company alleges that Rockstar Games, and those associated with the creation of Vice City, have since made more than $500 million. The suit surmises that the game’s success was a result of the use of Miss Cleo’s likeness.
In reply to this lawsuit, Rockstar Games issued a statement to TMZ:
“These claims are entirely meritless and completely ridiculous. We will vigorously defend ourselves with regard to this matter.”
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