Jerry Heller, the music executive who managed N.W.A., has filed a defamation lawsuit against Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the estate of Eazy-E, NBC Universal, and other parties associated with the Straight Outta Compton biopic, as TMZ reports. He said he never gave permission to use his likeness in the film, and that excerpts from his memoir Ruthless were used without his permission.
Heller claims the movie portrayed him as “a sleazy manager who took advantage of Eazy-E, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube,” according to TMZ, and that it was filled with factual inaccuracies. Amongst those alleged inaccuracies: Heller says he wasn’t fired by Eazy-E, nor did he push Dr. Dre and Ice Cube to sign bad contracts or withhold money from Cube. (He also said he didn’t eat a lobster brunch when those bad contracts were being signed, as the movie depicts.)
Heller is suing for $35 million in compensatory damages as well as $75 million in punitive damages. He also wants all profits from the movie.