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"Straight Outta Compton" makers hit with massive $110 million lawsuit

Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the widow of rapper Eazy-E’s, director F. Gary Gray, Universal Studios and others associated with the hit movie "Straight Outta Compton" are named in a massive lawsuit alleging "trade libel, misappropriation of likeness, intentional and negligent interference with a prospective economic advantage, breach of contract, and copyright infringement," according to court documents, Entertainment Weekly reports.

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“When we went in to ‘Straight Outta Compton’ (production), we said we were going to keep it real, and it’s going to ruffle some feathers, and it’s going to be controversial,” Gray told AJC multimedia journalist Ryon Horne at the time of the movie's launch. 

The movie might have accomplished that mission a little too well.

Former N.W.A manager Jerry Heller's defamation lawsuit, filed Friday, "asserts that Heller is depicted as the 'bad-guy’ in the movie who is solely responsible for the demise of N.W.A,” EW reported. Heller was portrayed in the film by Paul Giamatti.

The film was produced by Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.

“I believe in new talent,” Cube said during the interview. “My whole career I’ve been breaking in new people and showing the world that there’s talent all through our neighborhoods.”

Those named in the lawsuit have not yet responded. Please return for updates.

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