Jennifer Lopez is catching a lot of flak for her performance in Hustlers for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination.
According to The Blast, the 50-year-old’s production company, Nuyorican Productions, STX Entertainment, Gloria Sanchez Productions and Pole Sisters LLC is being sued for $40 million dollars by the woman–Samantha Barbash– reportedly who inspired Lopez’s character Ramona in the film.
Per the outlet, Barbash “claims the film producers approached her before production to “obtain a consent waiver form Ms. Barbash for the production of the film and their ultimate portrayal” of her. She refused to sign off on the consent or waive her privacy rights.”
Now, Barbash claims that Lopez’s production company “used her likeliness and her story without permission, [defaming] her in the process,” according to TMZ.
TMZ further adds that according to the suit, Barbash said her character in Hustlers was portrayed as “using and manufacturing illegal substances in her home where she lived with her child.” According to the publication, Barbash added that those claims and portrayals of her likeliness were “untrue and offensive.”
Barbash is suing Lopez’s production company for $20 million in compensatory damages and $20 million in punitive, reports TMZ. She also “wants an order requiring producers to turn over all copies of the movie.”
We can’t wait to see how this pans out.