Jennifer Lopez’s manufacturing firm scored a giant win this week after a lawsuit introduced on by Samantha Barbash, who’s the inspiration for Lopez’s 2019 “Hustlers” character, was thrown out of courtroom.
On Tuesday, federal Choose Denise Cote within the U.S. District Court docket Southern District of New York dismissed the $40 million lawsuit filed by Barbash in opposition to the Lopez-owned Nuyorican Productions, STX Leisure, Gloria Sanchez Productions and Pole Sisters LLC over claims the corporate “exploited” her likeness and her story with out her permission.
“The defendants’ Could 29, 2020, movement to dismiss is granted. The Clerk of Court docket shall enter judgment for the defendants and shut the case,” the paperwork learn, based on Leisure Weekly.
The 47-year-old Barbash filed her preliminary grievance in January and claimed the movie defamed her within the course of by “utilizing and manufacturing unlawful substances in her dwelling the place she lived together with her baby,” Folks journal reported on the time.
“Anybody who views the movie will consider plaintiff to be a person of little to no ethical or moral values, devoid of any loyalty to her colleagues, beneath the affect of exhausting medicine, and with misandrist tendencies,” the courtroom papers acknowledged.
Barbash additional alleged that the film’s producers tried to “get hold of a consent and waiver from Ms. Barbash for the manufacturing of the movie and their final portrayal” of her, which Barbash claimed she refused to signal.
“The movie depicts Ms. Barbash, performed by Jennifer Lopez (‘JLO’) because the ringleader of a gaggle of grownup dancers who drugged their patrons and stole exuberant quantities of cash from them whereas of their incapacitated state,” based on the preliminary lawsuit.
“Defendants didn’t take warning to guard the rights of Ms. Barbash by making a fictionalized character, or by making a composite of characters to render JLO’s character a brand new fictitious one; fairly they engaged in a scientific effort to make it well-known that JLO was enjoying Ms. Barbash.”
Barbash was in search of $20 million in compensatory damages and $20 million in punitive damages.
“Hustlers” opened with a powerful $33 million gate and thus far has grossed just below $105 million within the U.S. and Canada alone.
Lopez, 51, was nominated for Golden Globe and Display screen Actors Guild awards for her efficiency within the movie, which additionally stars Lili Reinhart, Lizzo, Keke Palmer and Julia Stiles.