Florida Joker Demands Millions from Rockstar Games, Cites Real-Life Incidents Due to GTA 6
Florida resident Lawrence Sullivan, also known as the infamous “Florida Joker,” has once again made headlines, this time taking to TikTok to voice grievances against Rockstar Games, the developer behind the highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA 6). Sullivan asserts that a fleeting moment in the debut GTA 6 trailer bears a resemblance to his 2017 mugshot, along with other incidents from his tumultuous past in Florida. He is now threatening legal action unless Rockstar Games agrees to compensate him with several million dollars.
In a bold TikTok video featuring freshly dyed purple hair, Sullivan claims to be providing Rockstar Games with unprecedented free marketing and demands an additional million dollars for his contribution. He issues a three-day ultimatum, warning of impending legal action supported by what he claims is “hard evidence,” distinguishing his case from the well-known Lindsey Lohan legal dispute against the game developer.
However, Roger Clark, the voice actor behind Red Dead Redemption 2’s protagonist Arthur Morgan, offers a different perspective. In a now-deleted TikTok, Clark advises Sullivan to leverage his newfound notoriety rather than challenging Rockstar Games in court. He cautions that the studio is well-prepared for legal battles, as demonstrated in the Lindsey Lohan case.
Despite the legal drama, GTA 6’s official trailer has shattered records, amassing over 93 million views within its first 24 hours. This achievement marks the most significant debut for any video on YouTube, especially when considering other channels hosting the video. Additionally, the use of a Tom Petty song in the trailer has sparked a surge in interest on music platforms like Spotify.
While GTA 6 is set to launch on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S in 2025, Rockstar Games has once again chosen to stagger the release, with the PC version arriving later, leaving PC gamers eagerly awaiting their turn.