Long Road Outta Compton

31 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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. 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 seeking upwards of $110 million in his suit, claiming that he was made to play the “bad guy” and “a sleazy manager who took advantage of Eazy-E, Dr.

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’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.

According to the lawsuit, some scenes that Heller especially took umbrage with were when his onscreen counterpart “withheld a $75k check from Ice Cube,” “fraudulently induced Dre and Cube to sign unfavorable contracts” and “enjoyed lobster brunches while the contracts were being signed.” Heller also claims that some elements of the plot – including a scene where Eazy-E is forced by Suge Knight to turn over his Death Row rights – were taken from Heller’s own Ruthless: A Memoir without permission. 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. The lawsuit also alleges a number of issues with the screenplay, claiming that Heller developed at least four drafts of the screenplay before and after the release of his 2006 memoir, Ruthless, with three other defendants: S. 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. TMZ adds that Heller long planned on pursuing action against the film as he spent the film’s opening night at a screening where he sat in the front row with his legal team. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings.

Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

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