*NWA’s former manager Jerry Heller is hoping to have the final say regarding his depiction in the film “Straight Outta Compton.”
Heller has just filed a lawsuit against Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, the Estate of Eazy-E, NBC Universal and others, claiming the portrayal of him was false and damaging, according to TMZ.
Heller, played in the film by Paul Giamatti, says he was portrayed as “the bad guy” and “a sleazy manager who took advantage of Eazy-E, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.”
He also denies that he withheld a $75,000 check from Ice Cube, fraudulently induced Dre and Cube to sign unfavorable contracts, ate lobster brunches while their contracts were being signed and was fired by Eazy-E – all of which were dramatized in the film.
He claims he never gave permission to use his likeness and he wants profits from the movie as well because NBC sold tickets off his back. He also claims producers used his book without permission for pivotal scenes, including the one where Suge Knight strong-armed Eazy-E into signing away his rights to Death Row.
Heller is suing for $35 million in compensatory damages, at least $75 million in punitive damages, plus all profits from the movie, according to TMZ.