Jerry Heller Suing NBC Universal, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube For $110 Million. Claims He Was Defamed In ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Movie.
Former Ruthless Records co-founder, Jerry Heller, doesn’t like the way he was depicted in the N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton.
He’s brought out the legal guns and is suing just about everyone associated with the film, including NBC Universal, Ice Cube, the estate of Eazy E, Dr. Dre and others to the tune of $110 million for defamation, according to TMZ.
Jason Mitchell (left) as Eazy E and Paul Giamatti as Jerry Heller in the film Straight Outta Compton.
Heller says he never gave permission for his likeness to be used in the film. He also claims the scene in the movie where Suge Knight strong arms Eazy E into signing over Dr. Dre’s contract to Death Row Records was stolen from his book.
He further alleges that his portrayal in the movie as the “bad guy” and “a sleazy manager who took advantage of Eazy-E, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube” was damaging and false.
Other lies in the movie according to Heller were:
— 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
In addition to the $110 million, Heller, is asking for a percentage of the movie’s profits