Drug Agents Sue Over American Gangster Depiction

Subscribe To:

A group of retired federal drug enforcement agents are suing the studio behind RUSSELL CROWE and DENZEL WASHINGTON's hit new movie AMERICAN GANGSTER, claiming they're portrayed as bad guys in the film. The class action suit, filed in Manhattan, New York on Wednesday (16Jan08), alleges the movie, based on the real life battle to bring 1970s drug boss Frank Lucas to justice, has defamed hundreds of DEA agents and police officers. They're upset with information given out at the end of the film, which suggests a deal Lucas struck with his arresting detective led to the convictions of three-quarters of New York City's Drug Enforcement Agency. According to the lawsuit, filed by former DEA agents Jack Toal, Gregory Korniloff and Louis Diaz on behalf of themselves and 400 colleagues, no agent or police official was ever convicted as a result of tips provided by Lucas. Dominic Amorosa, a prosecutor in the federal case against Lucas who now represents the agents, says, "I don't know what these people (movie bosses) were thinking, but they are going to pay for it." In a written statement from the film studio NBC Universal, a spokesman determines the lawsuit is "entirely without merit."


Tags: Russell Crowe - Denzel Washington

Subscribe To:

More Russell Crowe

Meg Ryan And John Mellencamp Split. Why is Meg Ryan So Unlucky In Love?

The greatest surprise that celebrity watchers will feel for the split of actor Meg Ryan and singer-songwriter John Mellencamp, was the fact that these two...

'The Water Diviner': Russell Crowe Invites Us On An Inside Look Into His Powerful Gallipoli Drama

Russell Crowe has invited his fans to join him for a first look at his new movie, The Water Diviner. In a new featurette, Crowe's...

The Water Diviner Trailer

Russell Crowe talks in depth about his brand new war drama 'The Water Diviner' in a featurette which also features interviews with other cast members...

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Shields Off The Competition To Top Box Office

Captain America: The Winter Soldier fought off some pretty serious opposition to maintain its position at the top of the box office, while three newcomers...


'Noah' And Five Other Movies That Sparked Religious Controversy

Darren Aronofsky’s Noah might have faced some religious controversy during its initial opening, but its ridden that wave right to the top of the US...

'Captain America: The Winter Solider' Breaks April Box Office Record With $96.2 Million Weekend

Marvel Studios' latest instalment, 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', is proving to be hugely popular, not just among comic book fans, but all cinemagoers as...

Yoga, Painting, Boyfriends And Theatre: Emma Watson Looks To The Future Now Hermione’s Not Holding Her Back

Emma Watson has been doing a lot of pondering on the next stage of her life. The Noah actress is now on the brink of...

'Noah': An Epic Of Biblical Proportions Taking America By Storm

Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has experimented with most genres over the course of his career, from brainy freak-out ('Pi') to gritty self-discovery ('The Wrestler') by way...



Russell Crowe Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Russell Crowe

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All