Jennifer Lopez’s production company achieved a huge hit this week after a lawsuit from Samantha Barbash who inspired Lopez’s 2019 Hustlers character was out of court.
The defendants’ application of May 29, 2020 for release is granted. The clerk decides on behalf of the accused and closes the case, ”the documents say Weekly entertainment.
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Barbash, 47, made her first complaint in January, alleging the film defamed her by “using and producing illegal substances in the home she lived with her child.” People Magazine reported at the time.
“Anyone who watches the film will believe that the plaintiff is a person with little to no moral or ethical values, devoid of any loyalty to her colleagues, under the influence of hard drugs, and with misandristic tendencies,” the court records read .
Barbash went on to claim that the film’s producers tried to get “an approval and waiver from Ms. Barbash for the production of the film and her final portrayal” from her, which Barbash claimed she refused to sign.
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“The film shows Ms. Barbash, played by Jennifer Lopez, as the ringleader of a group of adult dancers who drugged their patrons and stole lavish sums of money from them while they were unable to work,” says the first lawsuit.
“The defendants failed to ensure that Ms. Barbash’s rights were protected by creating a fictional character or a set of characters to transform JLo’s character into a new fictional character. Rather, they made systematic efforts to make it known that JLo played Ms. Barbash. ”
Barbash sought $ 27 million in damages and punitive damages of $ 27 million.
Hustlers It opened with an impressive $ 46 million gate and has grossed just under $ 145 million in the US and Canada alone.
51-year-old Lopez was nominated for the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards for her performance in the film, which also starred Lili Reinhart, Lizzo, Keke Palmer and Julia Stiles.
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