‘Hustlers’ Real-Life Stripper Sues STX for $40 Million Over Jennifer Lopez’s Portrayal

The real-life stripper who helped inspire the film “Hustlers” starring Jennifer Lopez is suing the film studio , claiming filmmakers defamed her and failed to uphold her civil rights.Samantha Barbash, one of the subjects of a viral 2015 New York Magazine piece “The Hustlers at Scores” that served as the basis the character Lopez portrays in “Hustlers,” made good on the threat of a lawsuit against the Hollywood studio which she’s intended to file since the film debuted in September 2019.The film, for which Lopez garnered a Golden Globe nomination, tells the story of former strippers at a club in New York City who drugged their clients and took their credit cards.Barbash received five years of probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy, assault and grand larceny.

Back in September, Barbash’s lawyers sent a letter to claiming producers never paid Barbash for her life story and threatening to sue the movie studio if a deal was not reached.

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