Jennifer Lopez’s production team wins $55 million Hustlers lawsuit
Friday - 13/11/2020 08:33
JLo’s production company has won big in court after Hustlers inspiration Samantha Barbash claimed Lopez exploited her likeness without permission.
Jennifer Lopez’s production company scored a big win this week after a lawsuit brought on by Samantha Barbash, who is the inspiration for Lopez’s 2019 Hustlers character, was thrown out of court.
On Tuesday, federal Judge Denise Cote in the US District Court Southern District of New York dismissed the $55 million lawsuit filed by Barbash against the Lopez-owned Nuyorican Productions, STX Entertainment, Gloria Sanchez Productions and Pole Sisters LLC over claims the company “exploited” her likeness and her story without her permission.
“The defendants’ May 29, 2020, motion to dismiss is granted. The Clerk of Court shall enter judgment for the defendants and close the case,” the documents read, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Barbash, 47, filed her initial complaint in January and claimed the film defamed her in the process by “using and manufacturing illegal substances in her home where she lived with her child,” Peoplemagazine reported at the time.
“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,” the court papers stated.
Barbash further alleged that the movie’s producers attempted to “obtain a consent and waiver from Ms Barbash for the production of the film and their ultimate portrayal” of her, which Barbash claimed she refused to sign.
“The film depicts Ms Barbash, played by Jennifer Lopez, as the ringleader of a group of adult dancers who drugged their patrons and stole exuberant amounts of money from them while in their incapacitated state,” according to the initial lawsuit.
“Defendants did not take caution to protect the rights of Ms Barbash by creating a fictionalised character, or by creating a composite of characters to render JLo’s character a new fictitious one; rather they engaged in a systematic effort to make it well-known that JLo was playing Ms Barbash.”
Barbash was seeking $27 million in compensatory damages and $27 million in punitive damages.
Hustlers opened with an impressive $46 million gate, and to date has grossed just under $145 million in the US and Canada alone.
Lopez, 51, was nominated for Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for her performance in the film, which also stars Lili Reinhart, Lizzo, Keke Palmer and Julia Stiles.
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