US model, Michael “Shagg” Washington “Shagg” is suing the Rock Star because it based Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on his life.
According to GamePron Shagg wants $250 million, a quarter of the game’s profits, because the lead character is a lot like his life. He’s claiming fraud, misappropriation of likeness and copyright infringement.
Shagg met up with Rockstar developers to answer questions on “his street life including how the teen-agers in his gang rode around on bicycles.” Afterwards the developers said that if they included him in the game, they’d drop him a bell.
Six years later he saw GTA: San Andreas, featuring a character who looked like him, and acted like him, too. Looking at images of ‘CJ’ and comparison to his photos from that year and other evidence, it became clear that Rockstar had stolen his image and never paid him, the lawsuit claims.
Take Two‘s said that the lawsuit is completely without merit and will vigorously defend itself in the matter.”