Jerry Heller Is Suing Dr. Dre and Ice Cube
How crooked do you have to be for your name to become a verb? On his debut album, The Documentary, Compton native The Game rapped, "If a n---a ever try to Jerry Heller me/Tell Dre, put up a mil, 'cause that's what my bail'll be." That was 2005, a full decade and a half after Ice Cube split off from N.W.A. and went East to join forces with the Bomb Squad. But Heller accrued such a reputation as the world's most dangerous group's most questionable manager, thanks in no small part to Cube's scathing "No Vaseline." So it came as no surprise that Straight Outta Compton, the N.W.A. biopic that was released this August to rave reviews and box offices victories, painted him in a less-than-exemplary light. Only one problem: Heller didn't like what he saw, and has decided to take legal action.
According to TMZ, Heller is suing Cube and Dre, along with other Compton producers, plus the estate of Eazy E, for defamation. In particular, he claims that the following actions of his movie character are not based in reality: Heller withholding a $75,000 check from Ice Cube; Heller tricking Dre and Cube into signing unfavorable contracts; Eazy E firing Jerry Heller; Heller enjoying lobster brunches while those questionable contracts were signed. The former manager claims that he never gave the studio permission to use his likeness; he also believes producers used scenes from his book without acknowledging their doing so. The suit seeks $35 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages, plus all proceeds from the film.