Rockstar Games Facing Lawsuit Over Miss Cleo Lookalike Character

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Rockstar Games typically include lots of satire in their Grand Theft Auto series, and they’ve also faced some lawsuits here and there regarding the content of their games. A new lawsuit has surface (via TMZ) where a party is claiming damages for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

The new suit comes from the Psychic Readers Network, who claim ownership to the Miss Cleo character. A lookalike character, Auntie Poulet, was featured in the game and was voiced by the same woman, Youree Dell Harris. The group claims this is clearly infringing on their Miss Cleo character, and are seeking damages.

Miss Cleo reportedly cost the Psychic Readers Network $100 million to create and manage, which they’re saying is dwarfed by the profits Grand Theft Auto: Vice City saw at over $500 million. They’re suing other companies that assisted in the creation and distribution of the game as well.

Rockstar Games issued a statement to TMZ in response to the lawsuit:

“These claims are entirely meritless and completely ridiculous. We will vigorously defend ourselves with regard to this matter.”

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City originally launched for PlayStation 2 back in 2002, and was later ported to PC and Xbox in 2003, and later Mac and mobile devices in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

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  • Mr. Greis

    Some Psychics, took them 15 years to foresee this.

  • Mr0303

    Everybody wants a piece of Rockstar’s cash reserves.

  • random

    This is very likely to be a case that goes nowhere, like all the other lookalike cases.

  • Squirrel on crack cocaine.

    I’ve got an idea.
    People should be allowed to sue Rockstar if they want and any other studio for that matter but if they lose, they have take a red hot poker up the ass as punishment and become Clinton personal assistant for a year.
    Might stop some of these attention seeking nobodies looking for an easy ride.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    But their characters are satirical. Can they be sued because they did a satire/parody of someone?

  • Squirrel on crack cocaine.

    Should have seen that coming.

  • MusouTensei

    What a shitshow, I hope Psychic Readers Network gets rekt by R*. This is even more retarded than Lindsey Lohan’s bullshit lawsuit.

  • NukeA6

    Can’t wait for the next GTA to parodize all these retarded lawsuits.

  • Squirrel on crack cocaine.

    If I remember correctly there’s a mouthy and hideous looking woman who is also a crackhead in GTA 5. Maybe ol’ Hilary has a case against Rockstar too.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Desperate grasp for relevancy, like the Lindsay Lohan lawsuit.

  • NoobSmoke

    She passed away last year…looks like the company is trying to get some money from Rockstar just to stay afloat.

  • Madbrainbox

    Rockstar has been shitty lately but this is complete bullshit.
    Also they need to update the old GTA games to work on modern systems.You’d think that for 500 mil they can be bothered to at least keep the games in working condition.That said they’d probably find a way to add shark cards to their older titles.

  • JonahTHD

    Well the original PS2 trilogy is digitally available on Steam, PS3 and PS4.

  • JonahTHD

    These people really want to go bankrupt “in style”, don’t they?

  • Madbrainbox

    Steam version doesn’t work on Win 10.

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    Man they took their sweet fucking time on that one.

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    Last I checked the modern versions of San Andreas got fucked hard by cutting all kinds of stuff for licensing reasons and just being shoddy ports in general. Dunno about the rest.

  • Are our Eyes Real?

    It works on Win10.

    You just need to go to Control panel>Programs and Features>Legacy Features>Enable DirectPlay

  • Madbrainbox

    It works indeed.First time I’ve seen this fix.Thanks for sharing.

  • Hiecchi

    Everyone in this fucking world is in GTA5
    Lets sue Rockstar games together…*sarcasm/off*

  • Ithaca TrenchGun

    GIVES US SHECKLES ROCKSTAR
    MISS CLEO COMMAND YOU

  • bdp

    Didn’t they already try this years ago?

  • Man talk about late.

  • Nagato

    More like it took 14 years for Ms Harris to die, so she couldn’t possibly oppose them in the case.

    Seems like a rather calculated move to me.

  • Feniks

    Well you can sue anyone for anything. Doesn’t mean you will win.

    I’m guessing that if they lose they have to pay all the legal fees.

  • Arenegeth

    Well good thing these people haven’t heard of Monkey Island.

    Then again, good luck suing Disney…

  • magicalfollower

    One more lawsuit to Rockstar collection i guess…

  • Zombie_Barioth

    In the case of a parody, it’d be up to the prosecution to prove that the work is actually competing with their product, or is actually slanderous rather than poking fun or criticizing.

    They may not be trying to win at all, chances are they’re just hoping Rockstar will decide to cut their losses and settle out of court.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    Lindsey Lohan tried. And lost. I don’t know why these people don’t realize that parody laws apply to video games too.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    It’ll be great. Likely a mission based off it like the Facebook parody mission.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    Prosecution is in criminal charges only. I think you meant the Plaintiff. But you are right, but its hard to prove that harsh satirical takes on people hurt people’s rep. If it did, South Park wouldn’t be here in its soon to be 21st year, and that show straight up shits on people.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    Actually its also used to refer to anyone accusing another person of criminal acts.

    But yes, plaintiff was probably the one I was at a loss of words over.