EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Dre & Ice Cube – $110 Mill Legal Battle Over Straight Outta Compton Back On, Late Ex-Manager’s Nephew Steps in For Jerry Heller After His Unexpected Death
Dr. Dre & Ice Cube won’t be catching a break in the $110 millon dollar lawsuit filed by their ex-manager Jerry Heller over the portrayal of him in “Straight Outta Compton” …. with the late manager’s nephew heading to court demanding the hundred million dollar legal battle continue on despite Jerry’s passing.
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 Dre and Cube to sign unfavorable contracts and was fired by Eazy-E … all lies he claimed in his complaint.
The former N.W.A. manager explained he never gave the producers of studio permission to use his face or name and believed he was owed a cut of the profits from the film. He also accused the producers of using his book to write important scenes in the film … despite never paying him or getting his approval.
He filed suit demanding $35 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages.
Earlier this year, he suffered a setback in the legal battle with the judge threw out most counts against the defendants explaining most of the scenes weren’t defamatory. However, he did say Heller could have a case over 2 scenes which showed him telling Ice Cube that lawyers were “paid to make trouble” and to “create problems” along with him discouraging the rapper from hiring a lawyer. The 2nd scene showed the rapper talking to the media about the alleged conversation.
The judge dismissed the majority of counts in the lawsuit but ordered the case to continue on with Heller attempting to prove his defamation claims over the 2 scenes the judge pointed out.
Heller passed away this 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.
Then on January 4th, Jerry’s nephew filed docs requesting the judge allow him to continue on with the legal battle for his late uncle …. and to allow him to charge forward with the lawsuit.
Terry Heller explains is was appointed the personal representative for Jerry’s estate and he wishes to proceed with the case against Dr. Dre and Ice Cube along with the film producers.
The judge has yet to sign off on the request but it should be approved in the near future.