Jerry Heller Said “Straight Outta Compton” Was Based On A Pack Of Lies
Ice Cube and Dr. Dre are close to shutting down the $110 million lawsuit filed by N.W.A.’s late former manager Jerry Heller, with a federal court judge ordering the case to be thrown out unless Heller’s lawyer proves he has permission to continue on with the suit via a successor following the manager’s death.
Last year, Heller sued Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, the estate of Eazy-E, NBC Universal and others behind the box office hit “Straight Outta Compton,” accusing the defendants of ruining his good name by portraying him negatively in the movie.
Heller explained that the film made him out to be “the bad guy” and “a sleazy manager who took advantage” of N.W.A. and Eazy-E, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.
He pointed out to scenes in the film that showed him withholding a $75,000 check from Ice Cube, convinced Dre and Cube to sign unfavorable contracts and was fired by Eazy-E – all lies, he claimed in his complaint.
The former N.W.A. manager explained he never gave the producers of studio permission to use his face or name and believed he was owed a cut of the profits from the film. He also accused the producers of using his book to write important scenes in the film, despite never paying him or getting his approval.
He filed suit demanding $35 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages.