ALBANY — Lindsay Lohan and the daughter of turncoat mobster Sammy (The Bull) Gravano need the state’s high courtroom to search out they had been victims of grand theft video.
Lohan and Karen Gravano, a “Mob Wives” persona, have sued online game makers Take-Two Interactive Software program and its subsidiary, Rockstar Video games, for allegedly utilizing their pictures and personas within the in style Grand Theft Auto V, which was launched in 2013.
After a decrease courtroom denied motions by the online game makers to dismiss the go well with, a state appeals courtroom in Manhattan reversed the choice, saying the circumstances “should fail” as a result of the sport didn’t particularly use Lohan or Gravano’s “identify, portrait or image.”
Lohan and Gravano appealed the dismissal of the 2 lawsuits to the Court docket of Appeals, the state’s high courtroom.
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The Court docket of Appeals will hear oral arguments on the circumstances on Wednesday.
Lohan says the sport character “Lacey Jonas” is definitely her. The sport contains references to her historical past and was utilized in promoting materials and on merchandise.
Gravano has argued the sport character “Antonia Bottino” is modeled after her. The sport makes references to the character being the daughter of a mobster who grew to become a authorities witness.
Gravano’s father was a key witness in opposition to Gambino crime household boss John Gotti and different mobsters.
The 2 declare the gamemakers violated invasion of privateness provisions beneath the state Civil Rights Regulation.
Gravano lawyer Thomas Farinella stated “at a minimal, Ms. Gravano is entitled to place this earlier than a jury.”
Gravano was initially looking for $40 million in damages.
Lohan lawyer Frank Delle Donne couldn’t be instantly reached for remark.
Take-Two and Rock Star legal professional Jeremy Feigelson referred inquiries to the corporate.