June 6, 2008 / 12:15 AM / in 10 years

HarperCollins sues mob chief's daughter over book

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Victoria Gotti, a newspaper columnist and the daughter of late Gambino crime family boss John Gotti, was sued on Thursday by HarperCollins Publishers for the return of a $70,000 advance on a memoir that was never written.

Victoria Gotti, daughter of former mob boss John Gotti, arrives for the trial of her brother John "Junior" Gotti at the Manhattan Federal Court in New York August 22, 2005. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

Gotti and HarperCollins signed a contract in 2005 for two books, including an untitled memoir, according to the lawsuit filed in New York state court, which accused Gotti of breach of contract.

Gotti, who was once a columnist for the New York Post, has written several books and was the star of the reality television show “Growing up Gotti.”

She was paid $70,000 for the memoir and promised to deliver a complete manuscript by November 2005.

Gotti twice delivered an outline of the book but the outlines were rejected as “unacceptable” by the publishing house and she was advised that the outlines “were not capable of producing a complete manuscript,” the lawsuit said.

Gotti was asked to return the money but never complied, it said.

Gotti was not immediately available for comment.

HarperCollins is a unit of News Corp.

Reporting by Edith Honan, editing by Michelle Nichols

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