The lawsuit we’ve all seen coming has been officially filed.
The former manager of N.W.A Jerry Heller claims that he didn’t like the character he was portrayed in the film “Straight Outta Compton” and claims there were inaccuracies. Heller has filed a huge lawsuit against Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E’s estate, NBC Universal, and others involved in the production.
According to a report from TMZ, a defamation suit centers around how Heller, played by Paul Giamatti, is presented as “a sleazy manager who took advantage of Eazy-E, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube,” something Heller claims is a “false and damaging” portrayal.
Heller points to a few specific “lies” from the film, that he illegally forced Dre and Cube to sign bad contracts, withheld money from Ice Cube, and was fired by Eazy-E.
Heller also claimed that he never gave permission to use his likeness in the film and takes issue with the fact that producers didn’t give his character a fake name like “Gary Beller.” The suit is seeking $35 million in compensatory damages plus $75 million in punitive damages, for a whopping $110 million total. But that’s not all, as he’s also apparently asking for all of the film’s profits.
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