Former N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller is filing a defamation lawsuit against Dr. Dre and Ice Cube for his portrayal in the movie Straight Outta Compton.
Jerry Heller claims the movie falsely portrayed him as a negative driving force that split the Hip-Hop group up and took advantage of its members by withholding their money and spending it on lobster brunches. Heller is also suing F. Gary Gray, NBC Universal and Compton Records.
According to Billboard.com
Heller and parties connected to Easy-E are said to have come to an agreement they “shall not make any statements, directly or indirectly in writing, orally, or in any other form, which disparage in any way the other.”
Heller also says through the lawsuit that he entered into an oral contract with various parties to collaborate on a book, and that those parties prepared at least four screenplays with two being titled “Straight Outta Compton.” In 2006, his book was published by Simon and Schuster. The former N.W.A. manager is now asserting that this year’s film was based on those screenplays.
He also claims that the movie’s creatives did not ask for his permission to have him represented in the project and claims that their representation of him has tarnished his reputation.