Dr. Dre, Ice Cube sued by former NWA manager over Straight Outta Compton portrayal

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Dr. Dre, Ice Cube sued by former N.W.A manager over Straight Outta Compton portrayal.

Former N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller filed a multimillion dollar defamation lawsuit on Friday over the hit film Straight Outta Compton, claiming it portrayed him as a villain who led to the breakup of the gangster rap group. Heller, who is portrayed in the film by Paul Giamatti, sued former N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr Dre, the widow of rapper Eazy-E, and NBC Universal, which released the film in August.

Heller said he would keep a close eye on the film “Straight Outta Compton” to see “how I’m portrayed, and where I’m going to go from there.” On Friday, Mr. As a music manager, Heller hooked up with Eazy-E early in the rap pioneer’s career and helped shepherd N.W.A to superstardom before Eazy-E’s death in 1995, his lawyer Michael R. Heller is suing Woods-Wright because he claims the film, which she helped produce, violates non-disparagement clauses in a settlement he reached with her in 1999. It says the biopic, about the rap group N.W.A., defames him with an uncomplimentary portrayal of his role in managing band members and Ruthless Records, which recorded the group in the late 1980s.

It’s so patently dishonest and inaccurate, he couldn’t let it go on,” Shapiro told The News. “He and Eazy-E were like father and son, and depicting him as being fired by Eazy-E, indicting his loyalty and devotion and service, is anything but on the up and up,” Shapiro said. NBC Universal and other parties associated with the film are also named in the suit because Heller claims he never gave them permission to use his likeness.

The movie also violates his non-disparagement agreement with one of the film’s producers and an oral contract under which he helped with early drafts of the movie, the suit says. In a list of allegedly slanderous scenes, the lawsuit asserts that Heller is depicted as the “ ‘bad-guy’ in the movie who is solely responsible for the demise of N.W.A.” And the very usage of Heller’s name and likeness, without consent, is another purported violation. Dre and Ice Cube” and that it was “filled with factual inaccuracies.” He is reportedly suing for $35 million (€31.79m) in compensatory damages and $75m (€68.13m) in punitive damages.

The complaint alleges she and Heller signed mutual non-disparagement agreements in 1999; however the lawsuit alleges Woods-Wright has violated her side of the agreement by serving as a producer on the the film.

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