'HUSTLERS' MOVIE Real-Life Ramona SUES JLO'S PRODUCTION CO. FOR $40 MILLION
January 7, 2020
Samantha Barbash who was the inspiration behind Jennifer Lopez’s Ramona character in the blockbuster hit movie “Hustlers” is suing Nuyorican Productions for $40 million which is owned by J Lo. Barbash is represented by Bruno Gioffre who has stated that not paying his client for her story 'a flagrant violation of her rights'.
"Hustlers," based on true events, starring Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo and Cardi B as adult entertainers who were arrested in 2014 after drugging wealthy men and charging their credit cards with $200,000 in unauthorized purchases at New York City gentlemen's clubs. The film surrounds a report by journalist Jessica Pressler, who published "The Hustlers at Scores" in a New York Magazine story in 2015.
Barbash claims in her suit that the production company used her likeness and her story without permission in addition to defamation of character.
According to TMZ, the former strip club hostess and dancer is suing for $40 million. She also wants an order requiring producers to turn over all copies of the movie.
Hustlers cashed at the tune of $33.2 million from 3,250 theaters at the U.S. box office. J Lo was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Ramona in the movie "Hustlers."