Dr. Dre & Ice Cube: We’re Over Jerry Heller’s $100 Million Lawsuit!
theJasmineBRAND.com exclusively reports, Jerry Heller’s $110 million dollar defamation lawsuit against Ice Cube & Dr. Dre over “Straight Outta Compton” is back on. The estate of the late manager has returned to court informing the judge they will proceed with the case despite his recent death.
Here’s the latest: On November 14th, Heller’s lawyer filed docs explaining Terry Heller has yet to be confirmed by the Probate Court as the head of Jerry’s estate but the sole purpose of the trust is to continue to litigation — meaning the $110 million dollar legal battle isn’t over yet.
Ice Cube and Dr. Dre filed docs blasting the lawyer for continuing to delay and disregard court orders and they say this was happening even before Jerry’s “unfortunate death”.
They point out he has missed numerous deadlines to find a new representative to continue this lawsuit and say it appears he has not even taken any steps to meet the deadline.
Defendants defer to the Court about how best to address the situation. However, it has become clear that Plaintiff’s counsel has treated deadlines and committed dates as “advisory” and Defendants are interested in disposing of the remainder of this case at the earliest practical opportunity.
Here’s the backstory: 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 when 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.
In September, Heller died after suffering from 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.
Last month, the judge ordered the lawsuit to be stayed until October 20th — giving Heller’s lawyer until then to secure permission to pursue the lawsuit in the name of the successor-in-interest.
On November 8th, a hearing was held in the judge’s chamber due to October 20th coming and going without any indication by Heller’s lawyer on whether the case will proceed.
The judge explained the deadline passed and he would be dismissing the case for lack of prosecution if counsel doesn’t explain – in writing – why it should not be dismissed for failing to meet the deadline.