The real-life stripper behind Jennifer Lopez's Hustlers character has filed a $US40 million ($58 million) lawsuit against officials at the actor's production firm for using her likeness without permission.
Barbash's suit calls out Lopez's production company, Nuyorican Productions, as well as STX Entertainment, Gloria Sanchez Productions, and Pole Sisters LLC.
Defendants attempted to obtain a consent and waiver from Ms. Barbash for the production of the film and their ultimate portrayal of the plaintiff therein. She refused to sign consent or waive privacy rights.
Barbash seeks $ 40 million in compensatory and exemplary damages, as well as a permanent injunction that would prevent STX from reproducing or distributing Hustlers.
Barbash was approached by the film's producers about her involvement but she claims they offered her "peanuts".
Hustlers had a $45 million opening weekend and ended up making around $157 million worldwide and Barbash hasn't seen a dime of that money even though the story is about her life. Lopez's performance as Ramona Vega, the ringleader, has secured her Golden Globe and SAG award nominations.
A spokesman for STX responded, stating, "We will continue to defend our right to tell factually based stories based on the public record". "She had it on the bottom", Barbash said.
Barbash told TMZ a year ago that producers had offered her "peanuts" for her consent to tell her story, and that she had Hermes handbags worth more money. Defendants did not take caution to protect the rights of Ms. Barbash by creating a fictionalized character, or by creating a composite of characters to render J. Lo's character a new fictitious one. Although a very impressive portrayal, Barbash claims to have ruined her personal and professional reputation.
Barbash has stated a number of instances she is just not a fan of the , a sentiment shared by Roselyn Keo, one other one of many ex-strippers whose former crimes of drugging wealthy, male purchasers and working extraordinarily steep, fraudulent fees on their bank cards impressed the story. She says it's untrue and offensive.
Jennifer Lopez in a scene from the movie Hustlers.