NWA Manager Sues 'Straight Outta Compton' Filmmakers, Accuses Them of Falsely Representing Him in Biopic

by Jackie Willis 10:36 AM PDT, October 30, 2015
Photo: Universal Pictures

Jerry Heller, the former manager of rap group NWA, is going after the filmmakers of the biopic, Straight Outta Comptonafter he says they defamed him in the film. 

On Friday, Heller filed a lawsuit against the movie's distributor, NBC Universal, as well as director F. Gary Gray and the movie's producers, which include former NWA members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.

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In the lawsuit obtained by ET, Heller says he was not compensated for the use of his name and likeness in the film, and claims that no individuals associated with the movie contacted him prior to it going into production. He also alleges in the court documents that false and defamatory statements were made about him.

Straight Outta Compton tells the story of how NWA -- which included Ice Cube, Eazy E, Dr. Dre, MC Ren and DJ Yella -- emerged from the streets of Compton, outside Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionized hip-hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood. Heller is played by Paul Giamatti.

The court docs go on to allege that Heller owned the rights to much of the material used in the movie from both a book and a prior screenplay that he owned.

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He is also claiming that the film incorporates sections from his own book, Ruthless: A Memoir.

While Heller has obviously taken issue with the film, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube were pleased with the movie they made

"It was goosebumps -- a little bit surreal," Dr. Dre told ET after seeing the movie. "Some guys that came from nothing that created something, that's just amazing."

Ice Cube believed in the project so much that he had his own son, O'Shea Jackson Jr., play his younger self.

ET has reached out to Ice Cube and Dr. Dre for comment regarding Heller's lawsuit.