Why ‘Hustlers’ Real-life Stripper Has Uphill Battle in Lawsuit Against STX, Jennifer Lopez

”It becomes a very subjective analysis of, ‘Is this about her or is it a composite character?’ The onus is going to be on her to prove it,“ Elsa Ramo, managing partner of Ramo Law PC, tells TheWrap

STX Entertainment’s lauded Robin Hood of strippers film “Hustlers” rode a wave of rave reviews and festival buzz to a record box office run for the studio and award season recognition for the filmmakers, Jennifer Lopez chief among them.

Not everyone, however, is a fan of the retelling. Samantha Barbash, deemed the ringleader of the real-life band of former exotic dancers who drugged clients and stole millions, earlier this week sued STX, Gloria Sanchez Productions and Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions for $40 million, accusing them of defamation and of violating her civil rights.

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Trey Williams

Film Reporter covering the biz • trey.williams@thewrap.com • Twitter: @trey3williams