Jerry Heller’s attorney claims Straight Outta Compton deserves blame for his client’s death
Jerry Heller, former N.W.A. manager, was not shy about expressing his opinion with the wildly popular 2015 biopic Straight Outta Compton. In fact, he even sued the movie for $110 million. However, following the news of Heller’s passing, his attorney Mickey Shapiro is accusing the film of ultimately being the reason why he died.
Shapiro spoke with TMZ and Shaprio didn’t hold back about the film’s unflattering portrayal of Heller, which he believes pushed his client towards death. The movie’s representation of events allegedly took a toll on Heller.
“Jerry Heller would be alive today if not for that movie,” Shapiro told TMZ. He says the film put Heller under a “tremendous amount of stress” that impeded his sleep and left him “heart broken.” Heller died on Friday following a car accident where it is believed he may have suffered a heart attack before the crash.
In November, Heller told Rolling Stone that he found the movie to be “very hurtful,” “inaccurate” and damaging to his reputation. The status of Heller’s lawsuit is unclear at this point in time following his death.
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