08 January 2020 20:31
Image copyright STX Films Image caption Left-right: Lili Reinhart, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer and Constance Wu in Hustlers The woman who inspired Jennifer Lopez's character in Hustlers is suing the film's makers for $40m (£30m). In the lawsuit, Samantha Barbash accuses film companies including STX Films and Lopez's Nuyorican Productions of using her likeness and defaming her. The movie was based on a 2015 New York Magazine article about the gang, but Barbash has said she declined to sell her rights to the movie's producers, saying they offered her "peanuts". According to the New York Post, the court papers said: "Anyone who views the film will believe Plaintiff to be an individual of little to no moral or ethical values, devoid of any loyalty to her colleagues, under the influence of hard drugs, and with misandrist tendencies." Barbash's lawyer Bruno V Gioffre Jr told Rolling Stone: "My client is offended that the defendants used her likeness to make over $150m, defamed her character and tried to trick her into selling her rights to the production company for a mere $6,000." A spokesman for STX Films told US media: "While we have not yet seen the complaint, we will continue to defend our right to tell factually based stories based on the public record." A representative for Nuyorican Productions declined to comment. Nor does she or he have the legal right to control, dictate, approve, disapprove or veto the creator's portrayal of actual people." Iraq war veteran Sergeant Jeffrey Sarver tried to sue the makers of Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker, saying it was based on him and that he was presented in a false light, which led to ridicule by his colleagues.
But in 2016, an appeals court ruled: "The Hurt Locker is speech that is fully protected by the First Amendment, which safeguards the storytellers and artists who take the raw materials of life - including the stories of real individuals, ordinary or extraordinary - and transform them into art, be it articles, books, movies, or plays." But in 2016, an appeals court ruled: "The Hurt Locker is speech that is fully protected by the First Amendment, which safeguards the storytellers and artists who take the raw materials of life - including the stories of real individuals, ordinary or extraordinary - and transform them into art, be it articles, books, movies, or plays." Lawyer Andrew Greene sued the makers of The Wolf of Wall Street for defamation, saying the character Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff was based on him, and reportedly took issue with scenes showing things like the character partying with prostitutes at a party with illegal drugs on silver trays. Samantha Barbash has accused Jennifer Lopez's production company of ignoring her lack of consent and portraying her in their film anyway, defaming her in the process. The woman who reportedly inspired Jennifer Lopez's most recent film has hit the actress' production company with a million-dollar lawsuit, claiming that Lopez never got her permission to portray her likeness and defamed her in the film. Samantha Barbash, the former strip club hostess who was famously one of the ringleaders of a group of strippers accused of drugging and robbing rich men, was interviewed for the 2015 New York Magazine article, "The Hustlers at Scores." That article, written by Jessica Pressler, inspired the 2019 film "Hustlers," which stars Lopez as a character seemingly based on Barbash, and for which Lopez nabbed a Golden Globe nomination. While Lopez herself was not actually named in the suit, Lopez's production company, Nuyorican Productions, was, as were STX Financing, Gloria Sanchez Productions, Pole Sister LLC, and a number of individuals identified only as John and Jane Does, according to the outlet.
Samantha Barbash, who was the inspiration behind Jennifer Lopez's character in the film Hustlers, promised to sue the star's production company, Nuyorican Productions, way back in September and now she has made good on that promise–suing filmmakers for a whopping $40 million, according to TMZ. Samantha, 45, a former stripper claims the film used her story and likeness without her permission as well as defamed her character for inaccurately depicting major life events, TMZ reports. Samantha claims in her suit that producers approached her to get her consent for the movie and she turned them down. (To be clear Barbash is suing the production company not J Lo, who was nominated for a Golden Globe's Best Supporting Actress award for her efforts.) Jennifer Lopez has been riding high ever since the release of her crime drama Hustlers, snagging Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for her performance in the film. Unfortunately for her, a damper has been put on her celebration because Hustlers inspiration Samantha Barbash has filed a $40 million lawsuit against Lopez's production company Nuyorican Productions after previously claiming JLo stole her story to make the movie.
Barbash is accusing the companies of exploiting her portrayal and likeness in the film. According to the complaint, the companies "attempted to obtain a consent and waiver from Ms. Barbash for the production of the film and their ultimate portrayal...