Posted Aug 29th, 2015 (10:34 am) by Heather Starks
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The former N.W.A. manager is planning to fight back against claims made in the movie.

Jerry Heller is not the man you would expect to be responsible for ushering N.W.A. into the limelight. A middle aged, white Jewish man whose background was in representing rock n' roll acts like The Who, Black Sabbath, and Grand Funk Railroad, Heller changed course in the '80s when he started managing hip-hop groups. It might be hard to believe, but without Heller, the careers of N.W.A, Dr. Dre, The D.O.C., J.J. Fad and many more may never have come to fruition.

But according to the movie "Compton" and accounts from the founding members, Heller was also responsible for the group's break up. After Ice Cube left over the lack of royalties, we were given two of the greatest diss tracks in rap history, and it wasn't too long before everyone was pointing the finger at Jerry. Claims of hoarding money and turning Eazy against the rest of the group were rampant. Of course, Heller denies all of the allegations and as you can imagine, he was none too thrilled to see the way he was depicted in the smash hit "Compton." So much so, that Jerry Heller is now considering legal action.

Although the rest of the world may have already caught the movie, Jerry didn't rush to catch the first screenings - despite initially saying he would be there opening night with at least two of his lawyers. But now that he's finally up to speed, Heller is hinting at a possible lawsuit. In a comment to the L.A. Times, Heller said, "I did see it on Saturday, and I’m still not willing to comment right now on that movie because I think sooner or later it may be part of an ongoing litigation."

Heller clearly doesn't want to show his hand, as he and his legal team are probably trying to figure out exactly how big of a piece they can squeeze out of the nostalgia pie. "Compton" has already grossed well over 100 million in domestic box office sales, and you can bet that Jerry is looking to cash in on his part in the story. Unsurprisingly, Heller was never consulted regarding his role in the film, and he claims that the portrayal of his involvement in several incidents are inaccurate. Considering his business savvy and the tendency for claims like these to be settled out of court, I would guess it's only a matter of time before Heller sees a fat sack of cash show up at his door.

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