Former N.W.A. Manager Sues Over Portrayal In 'Straight Outta Compton'
November 2, 2015 at 5:27 AM (PT)
Former N.W.A. manager JERRY HELLER has filed a multimillion dollar defamation lawsuit against former N.W.A. members ICE CUBE and DR. DRE, the widow of EAZY-E and NBC UNIVERSAL over the film "Straight Outta Compton." HELLER claims it paints him as a villain who led to the breakup of the group.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS reports, "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 is 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 states."
"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.