‘Straight Outta Compton’ Breaks More Box Office Records As Lawsuit Heats Up

Published: Wednesday 18th Nov 2015 by Rashad

‘Straight Outta Compton’ is going straight into the history books after adding yet another shining achievement to its already long list of nods.  As fans know, the movie – released in August 2015 – set a number of records its first weekend including:

  • Highest opening weekend for a musical biopic ($60 million)
  • Highest August opening weekend for an R-rated film

Fast forward three months and $200 million later, the NWA biographical film now boasts two new records:  highest grossing musical biopic of all time and highest grossing film by a black director (F. Gary Gray).  But, while the legendary rap group may be lifting a glass to celebrate the accomplishments, there’s one who isn’t exactly thrilled at the news:  their former manager Jerry Heller

As we reported here, Heller sued NBC Universal, Legendary Pictures, Comptown Records.  In a recent sitdown with Rolling Stone, the 75-year-old explained about the ‘inaccuracies’ spotted in the film:

On Eazy E firing him:

“I was with him until the day of his untimely death. I still think about him every day. He was like my son. He was a visionary. He was the greatest, and I’ve always believed that only he and I really understood the significance of what N.W.A was. The rest of the guys were like, ‘Hey, we’re going to be a big group, and we’re going to make money.’”

On Ice Cube’s accusation he was never paid while in the group:

“The deal was structured so that Ruthless got a little off the top, and the band split the rest equally,” he said. “So they split $375,000 five ways, which is $75,000 a piece. That was an astronomical amount of money, and everybody signed their contracts except for Ice Cube.”

On his lack of input on how he was portrayed in the film:

“Nobody reached out to me. I didn’t know what was in the movie,” he said. “They knew what was in the movie. I didn’t, until I saw it on the screen. Nobody from their camp ever reached out to me once to talk about, “Are you going to like this?” or anything else. I thought that was disrespectful. If that’s the way they choose to do business, then that’s why there’s a lawsuit now.”

…it’s just trying to make me look bad. That’s all.”


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  1. Ciah’s Turtle November 18, 2015

    Sounds like Pebbles to me.

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  2. King Stephy November 18, 2015

    Shady Ass Men.

  3. RICHIE_RICH November 18, 2015

    Ice Cube knew you were a T girl!!!!!

  4. Ciah’s Turtle November 18, 2015

    But congrats to all the success !

  5. #justsayn November 18, 2015

    Tupac biopic next! This movie needs to be done by the same director!

  6. Christina Aguilera November 19, 2015

    Who leaked Adele’s 25 ?

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