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Goodfellas' actor sues Fox for $250 million over use of Simpsons' 'Mob' character
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Goodfellas' actor sues Fox for $250 million over use of Simpsons' 'Mob' character

Frank Sivero, best known for playing the role of Frankie Carbone in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, has filed a $250 million dollar lawsuit against Fox Studios over the use of a character in The Simpsons. 

Sivero, who also played the role of Genco Abbandando in The Godfather Pt. II, is alleging that a character named Louie, one of the "wise guys" in the fictional town of Springfield's mob, is direct rip-off of Carbone, his character in Goodfellas.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sivero alleges that back in 1989 he was living in an apartment block next to writers who worked on The Simpsons, who studied him to create the character of Louie. 

The lawsuit states: "They knew he was developing the character he was to play in the movie Goodfellas. In fact, they were aware the entire character of 'Frankie Carbone' was created and developed by Sivero, who based this character on his own personality. Louie's appearance and mannerisms are strongly evocative of character actor Frank Sivero he modeled his voice after Italian American actor, Joe Pesci, who also had a role in Goodfellas."

Sivero, who previously sued a restaurant over a sandwich named after his Goodfellas character, is alleging that the character has violated his publicity rights and that his idea was misappropriated, he's also in court over defendants' alleged interference with prospective economic advantage. He also alleges that the role has been more likely to be "type-cast" in the future. 

He is seeking $50 million in actual damage loss of his likeness, $100 million more over improper interference, $50 million more in actual damage loss over the appropriation of his "confidential" idea, $50 million more in exemplary damages over that same "confidential" idea, plus injunctive relief and reasonable attorney fees for his lawyer Alex Herrera.

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