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Former "Mob Wives" star Karen Gravano filed a lawsuit against the makers of Grand Theft Auto V for $40 million, claiming that a character in the game is based on her own life.
Gravano, daughter of Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano, has claimed that inspiration for the character Antonia Bottina was taken directly from her own life events.
The lawsuit, which was filed at Manhattan Supreme Court, noted that with respect to Rockstar Video Games, Gravano’s story is unique and hers alone to tell. In addition, the lawsuit claimed the game creators could have sought Gravano’s permission with relative ease and avoided a suit.
The lawsuit added that aside from using her image without consent, parts of a book yet to be released about Gravano's life were used by the game creators.
When asked to comment, a representative for Rockstar said the company does not comment on legal matters.
Rockstar is currently in the midst of a second suit, filed by Lindsay Lohan, who claimed that the company used her likeness to develop a character in one of the GTA games.
The principal at Coed-y-Brain Primary School in Llanbradach, Wales claims that some students, as young as six, are “initiating games that involve simulating rape and sexual intercourse” because of the video game Grand Theft Auto.
Teachers at the school asked the children, ages 6-11, what they were playing in the school yard, notes the South Wales Evening Post.
The kids reportedly told the teachers that they were doing scenes from the Grand Theft Auto V video game, which has sold more than 32 million copies around the world, but is labeled for users "Over 18."
According to the South Wales Argus, school principal Morian Morgan (pictured) recently sent a letter to parents about the “extremely concerning behavior” of students, which included a "detailed discussion of drug use."
However, none of the children were disciplined.
In his letter, Morgan also claims that children are “acting out scenes from the game which include the strongest of sexual swear words," “having conversations” about sexual acts and “play acting extremely violent games that sometimes result in actual injury."
“Until I went online and checked the content of this game, I thought it was just a bit of swearing and some shooting and I think some of the parents will tell you that they have been equally naive," added Morgan.
“It became more concerning because this newest version (GTA V was released in September last year) seems to be even more shocking than the previous games," wrote Morgan.
A news reporter in Florida went to go investigate a possible story on rental fraud in Siesta Key, but when he arrived, a clearly agitated woman stole his vehicle, and it was all caught on camera.
It began when a 91-year-old woman made claims that she responded to an ad to rent an 11-bedroom home only to discover that the home only had five bedrooms. She reportedly tried to get her money back, but the owners of the home refused to pay her back.
ABC 7 reporter Josh Taylor decided to go to the property to investigate for himself, and when he arrived, a woman, reportedly a friend of the property owner, confronted him.
The woman repeatedly asked Taylor to leave, but he wouldn’t budge, maintaining that he wasn’t on private property and that his camera was set up on a public road. The woman can be seen in the video taking Taylor’s tripod, throwing it in the car, getting into the driver’s seat, and driving the car down the street.
The woman, identified as Jean Davis, is now being charged with grand theft auto. The claims of rental fraud are also currently being investigated.