The Dirty can exclusively report Dr. Dre and Ice Cube have headed back to court in the $110 million dollar legal battle over “Straight Outta Compton” … As we reported last week their late former manager’s nephew is continuing on the case … despite the rappers pleading with the judge to not allow him to take his uncle’s place.
Last year, Heller filed a $110 million dollar lawsuit against 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 $75k check from Ice Cube, convinced Dr. Dre and Ice Cube to sign unfavorable contracts and was fired by Eazy-E … all lies he claimed in his complaint. He filed suit demanding $35 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages.
Heller passed away last September of a heart attack, leaving the lawsuit in limbo until the judge or Heller’s lawyer decided the next step.
Following his passing, his lawyer released a statement in which he claimed the stress caused by “Straight Outta Compton” and the portrayal of him in the film caused his death … saying his client would be alive today if the film wasn’t made.
Earlier this month, Jerry’s nephew filed docs requesting the court allow him to step in for his late uncle and continue on with the legal battle against Dre & Cube. He explained he will be the appointed personal representative for his estate and wishes to proceed
Ice Cube and Dr. Dre headed last week demanding the judge NOT allow the nephew to take Jerry’s place in the suit.
They explain that, “the Court should not substitute Terry Heller as the personal representative of the Estate of Gerald E. Heller for the Plaintiff in this action unless and until Terry Heller’s alleged status as the personal representative of the Plaintiff’s Estate is confirmed by the Superior Court”. They don’t believe he should be allowed to proceed until he is legally recognized as the representative for the estate, which has not yet been signed off on.
The judge has yet to make a decision.