While the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton was a box office success pulling in almost $200M dollars worldwide, it appears former N.W.A. manager, Jerry Heller, didn’t like how the F. Gary Gray directed film portrayed him. Heller feels he was misrepresented in the movie and filed a defamation lawsuit against Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the estate of Eazy-E, NBCUniversal; pretty much any and everyone of importance who was associated with the making of the film.
Heller claims that his portrayal in the flick was inaccurate and malicious. The 75-year-old attorney-turned-mogul believes the movie characterized him as the “bad guy” and “sleazy manager who took advantage of Eazy-E, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.” The lawsuit also cites a slew of inaccuracies in depicting Heller in the movie, including that he withheld a $75k check from Ice Cube, fraudulently induced Dre and Cube to sign unfavorable contracts, that he was fired by Eazy-E and more. He also claims that he never gave permission to use his likeness in the film and believes that producers stole content from his 2006 book, Ruthless: A Memoir, to create fictional scenes in the movie.
The Ruthless Records co-founder is seeking $35 million in compensatory damages and at least $75 million in punitive damages, plus all profits made from the film. Altogether, roughly $110 million plus. Attorneys for Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and all parties involved in this lawsuit had no comment on the matter. Heller has done several interviews regarding his involvement with N.W.A and his thoughts on the biopic itself.