Jerry Heller who is best known for managing west coast rap super-group and gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A and Eazy-E has been very vocal about his disapproval before and after the release of blockbuster biopic Straight Outta Compton, and he’s finally taking legal action over it.
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According to TMZ, Jerry Heller is suing everyone connected with “Straight Outta Compton,” alleging the movie defamed him and he wants $110 MILLION minimum:
Heller says he was portrayed as “the bad guy” and “a sleazy manager who took advantage of Eazy-E, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.” And he says there are other lies in the movie, including:
— He withheld a $75k check from Ice Cube
— He fraudulently induced Dre and Cube to sign unfavorable contracts
— He enjoyed lobster brunches while the contracts were being signed
— He was fired by Eazy-E
If that’s not enough, he claims he never gave permission to use his likeness and he wants profits from the movie as well because NBC sold tickets off his back. He also claims producers used his book without permission for pivotal scenes, including the one where Suge Knight strong-armed Eazy-E into signing away his rights to Death Row.
To add insult to injury, he says producers didn’t even bother to give his character a fake name, like “Gary Beller.”
As reported above, Heller wants $110 MILLION minimum, which includes 35 million in compensatory damages and at least $75 million in punitives, plus all profits from the flick.