Grand Theft Auto makers sued by Pyschic Readers Network

American TV psychic 'Miss Cleo' alongside an image of the character 'Auntie Poulet' from the videogame Grand Theft Auto: ...

American TV psychic 'Miss Cleo' alongside an image of the character 'Auntie Poulet' from the videogame Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Strange but true - the makers of Grand Theft Auto are being sued by the Psychic Readers Network over a 15-year-old videogame.

Rockstar is in the legal crosshairs over a character's supposed likeness in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, a game which was first released in October 2002.

The company that holds the rights to well-known American psychic Miss Cleo is suing the game developer, in what they claim is improper use of her image.

A scene from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
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A scene from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

The Psychic Readers Network has taken umbrage with fictional character Auntie Poulet. She appears in Rockstar's 2002 open-world crime game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, providing missions for the main character.

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In a report from TMZ, the Psychic Readers Network say they've spent more than US$100 million cultivating Miss Cleo's image over the years.

They claim that Rockstar have made more than US$500 million (NZ$680m) by "exploiting" their character.

Miss Cleo was a TV infomercial psychic portrayed by Youree Dell Harris, who also did the voice work for Auntie Poulet in Vice City. She died in 2016 at the age of 53.

Rockstar gave the following response to the lawsuit: "These claims are entirely meritless and completely ridiculous. We will vigorously defend ourselves with regard to this matter."

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