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Entertainment Jennifer Lopez's Hustlers inspiration Samantha Barbash vows to sue producers claiming she hasn't been compensated after film passes $72M in worldwide box office

11:15  24 september  2019
11:15  24 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Getty © Getty Getty The woman whose life story Jennifer Lopez's Hustlers character is based on is vowing to drag producers of the film into court, saying she hasn't been compensated.

Samantha Barbash, who inspired J.Lo's Ramona character, entered a guilty plea two years ago to her leading role in a crime ring of exotic dancers who drugged and robbed rich New York City men.

A New York Magazine 2015 piece detailed the story, which was subsequently adapted into the hit film, which features an ensemble cast of Constance Wu, Cardi B, Keke Palmer and Lili Reinhart.

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Bruno Gioffre, a lawyer for Barbash, gave STX 10 days to come to a deal with Barbash in a letter he sent the film company on Monday, claiming a 'flagrant violation' of his client's rights, Variety reported Monday.

STX countered in saying it didn't need Barbash's approval to make the motion picture.

'We will defend our right to tell factually based stories based on the public record and look forward to resolving this matter before a judge,' a spokesperson for the company said, according to the outlet.

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A similar claim was made in a 2017 suit against FX Networks by Olivia de Havilland over the miniseries Feud, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the network had the right to incorporate historical events into a fictional story.

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The film has been a commercial hit with more than $72 million in worldwide box office totals since its release earlier this month, with more than $62 million in domestic revenues, according to Box Office Mojo. 

Barbash spoke to TMZ last week in New York City about her problems with the movie, both financially and creatively.

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She said producers offered her 'peanuts' - she said she owns Hermes handbags that are worth more than the sum - for her film rights, and when she wouldn't accept, 'They pretty basically much stole my story.

'J.Lo doesnt work for free, why would I?' she said.

a group of people standing next to a woman: Beauties: (L-R) Lili Reinhart, Lopez, Keke Palmer and Constance Wu have led to the film to success at the box office © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Beauties: (L-R) Lili Reinhart, Lopez, Keke Palmer and Constance Wu have led to the film to success at the box office

Barbash said she found it 'degrading' Lopez never got in touch with her for insights on how to play the role, which led to inaccuracies in what showed up on the silver screen.

'She basically defamed my character,' Barbash said, citing a scene in which J.Lo's character was handling drugs with her child present.

Barbash is writing a book based on her experiences.  

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