Late music mogul Jerry Heller‘s legal muscle is out here looking for revenge. Attorney Mickey Shapiro has promised to pursue a multi-million dollar lawsuit against 2015 N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton.
According to Shapiro, he strongly believes the tell-all flick actually contributed to Heller’s recent death.
“I think some of the things that were said about him in that movie literally broke his heart. There are more than one, what we call causes of action, that means claims, one claim of course is for defamation where you just lie about someone and defame them. That case is going to be somewhat altered because future damages can’t be demonstrated because he’s not there but we can still prove the defamation. We’re going to do that – the other parts of the case aren’t affected by his death at all. His lawsuit against Tomica for violating a confidentiality agreement, that’s a fact.” (TMZ)
Shapiro also believes Straight Outta Compton jacked published moments from Heller without permission.
“The lawsuit against everyone in the studios for taking material from his book, which he wrote years before, and lifting it out of the book and putting it into the movie and changing it for dramatic impact. The guy was the good guy. They made him out to be a horrible exploiter. … It was like his whole reason for being a manager was just being demonized. They made him a contemporary slaveholder. He wasn’t that. No one cared about that group. No one cared about that group. Jerry Heller cared about that group – every record company turned them down.” (TMZ)
Recent reports claimed medical complications, not the car crash, ultimately took Heller’s life.
TMZ broke the story … Heller slammed into a minivan in Thousand Oaks, CA after suffering a “medical emergency.” TMZ was initially told he was taken to the hospital for injuries, but when you look at the damage to the vehicles, the impact clearly was not that severe. Now we know EMTs administered CPR on scene, and Heller was unconscious. From everything we now know it appears Heller suffered a heart attack, lost consciousness and the car continued on its path until it hit the minivan. (TMZ)
A few days ago, former N.W.A. member Ice Cube spoke out on Heller’s death.
“Whoa, watch your mouth,” Cube said to a radio host when told Jerry Heller made him and N.W.A. famous. “I didn’t have no emotions. I’m just glad I’m with my brothers today. I’m glad I’m with DJ Yella. I’m glad I’m with MC Ren today and it’s only right. So, you know, I ain’t gonna pop no champagne, but I ain’t gonna shed no tears either. It is what it is, you know. We come here to pass and he’s outta here, so you know. Like I said, I’m not losing no sleep over that one.” (Hot 107.5)