Fox has recently been slapped with a $250 million suit regarding a mob character from the famous cartoon show, “The Simpsons.”
It’s been reported that Frank Sivero, who took on an acting role in the movie hit “Goodfellas,” is saying that The Simpsons writers lived right next door to him in the 1980s --- at the time when the cartoon series was still being developed --- and thus taking the same character he made. The character being dealt with at present is the resurrected mobster, Louie, the right hand man of mob boss Fat Tony. Louie has appeared in over 10 episodes, with another appearance in the third season.
Sivero is claiming that he and The Simpsons boss, James Brooks, to place it nicely in the 1990s, by teaming up together for a film --- which never happened. A couple decades later, Sivero is demanding restitution. The suit says that by getting away with his likeness, the character he made has been undervalued.