Jerry Heller (former N.W.A Manger) Files Lawsuit Against "Straight Outta Compton Biopic"

Jerry Heller (former N.W.A Manger) Files Lawsuit
 Against "Straight Outta Compton Biopic" 
BHR Hollywood Reports............N.W.A.'s former manager has filed a lawsuit against the producers and studio responsible for the summer blockbuster Straight Outta Compton, claiming the biopic defamed his character.

Jerry Heller filed the complaint against Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, the estate of Eazy-E.Heller slams the hit film as falsely portraying him as responsible for the break-up of the rap act consisting of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy E and others.
Easy E And Jerry Heller 

Heller says he didn't take advantage of the artists, didn't withhold a $75,000 check from Ice Cube,wasn't enjoying lobster brunches while contracts were being finalized, wasn't fired by Eazy E and more.

Straight Outta Compton was a hit, earning nearly $160 million domestically in the first six weeks after it was released in August.

Straight Outta Compton 
Heller claims the film portrays him as a villain who led to the breakup of N.W.A., which launched the careers for Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and sparked the rise in popularity of gangster rap.

The film uses elements of a script that Heller commissioned, and violates his copyright in a memoir that included his description of key moments depicted in the film, the lawsuit asserts.

Jerry Heller 
"The film is littered with false statements that harm the reputation of (Heller) and aim to ridicule and lower him in the opinion of the community and to deter third persons from associating or dealing with him," the lawsuit states.

Representatives for NBC Universal and Ice Cube declined comment. A publicist for Dr. Dre did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

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. Woods-Wright could not be reached for comment.

Heller is seeking more than $110 million, although a jury would determine any damage verdict.


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