D’oh! The Simpsons have been hit by a lawsuit.
Actor Frank Sivero is suing the iconic show $250 million dollars claiming the show’s mafioso character Louie is based on him. Sivero claims that he and some Simpsons writers lived next door to each other where he preparing for his role in The Godfather. In 1991, The Simpsons debuted the character of Louie, a member of the Springfield mob who resembles Sivero in both looks and mannerisms. Louie has appeared in multiple episodes since then.
Sivero claims that he suffered severe financial damages in the form of lost income he should have received in compensation for his name and likeness being used.
The Simpsons character does not share the same name as Sivero but he is still suing them for $250 million.
Fox and The Simpsons creator Matt Groening decline to comment on the matter.