Simpsons sued $250m for unlawful character use

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Ah, America, apparently land of the free and in many regards this is quite true; especially when it comes to suing. Actor Frank Sivero (Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas) is suing the The Simpsons for a whopping $250 million, claiming that the minor mobster character ‘Louie’ is based on his likeness and that he never gave his permission to use it.

He claims that he was known to The Simpsons producer James L Brooks and lived next to the series’s writers while he was working on his character  Frankie Carbone for The Goodfellas. The suit goes as far as saying:

“They saw each other almost every day… They were aware the entire character of Frankie Carbone was created and developed by Sivero, who based this character on his own personality.”

Now I am not sure how that works, were the writers privy to his creation of the Frankie Carbone character – a character he claims was created from scratch and not one based on Scorsese’s script? I get the impression that he is looking for some a crap load of money, seeing as he also sued a sandwich store for naming one of its menu items after him.

Last Updated: October 23, 2014

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