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Ex-N.W.A manager sues over ‘Compton’

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LOS ANGELES, Oct 31, (AFP): The former manager of the pioneering rap group N.W.A has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit over the movie “Straight Outta Compton”, claiming the summer hit portrays him as a “sleazy, dishonest thief”.

Jerry Heller is seeking $110 million dollars in damages in the lawsuit filed on Friday in Los Angeles against the film’s producers, the artists who were the subjects of the biopic and others connected with the film.

“Straight Outta Compton” charts the creation of the hugely successful hip-hop group N.W.A and its eventual demise.

“Everyone who sees that movie would come away with a notion that Jerry Heller is a sleazy, dishonest thief and his behavior was the reason the group broke up”, Heller’s attorney Michael Shapiro told AFP.

“The movie is a huge global success and ironically, as the movie becomes more successful, the damages that befall Jerry become greater”.