Jerry Heller Suing ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Filmmakers Over Movie Portrayal
Former N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller has launched a defamation lawsuit against Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and the executors of Eazy-E’s estate over his portrayal in movie biopic Straight Outta Compton. The 75-year-old was played as a ruthless record label boss by Paul Giamatti in the F. Gary Gray film, but Heller has taken issue with the picture and he is demanding at least $110 million in damages.
According to TMZ, he also claims he never gave the filmmakers and studio executives permission to use his likeness or elements from his book, Ruthless: A Memoir. He’s suing for $35 million in compensatory damages and at least $75 million in punitive damages and all profits from the film. Heller, who also represented Elton John, Pink Floyd and Journey, also founded Ruthless Records with late N.W.A. star Eazy-E.