With her Golden Globes dreams crushed and her Oscar hopes slipping down the drain, Jennifer Lopez’s decision to produce and star in Hustlers may turn out to be more trouble than it’s worth, especially considering she didn’t even get paid upfront. Maybe that’s just what she gets for trying to outshine a diamond. Back In September, Samantha Barbash aka Miss Foxita, the real life glamourpuss Jennifer’s character was based on, threatened to sue. Well the Foxita’s in the hen house now because according to TMZ, Samantha came through on her threat and has filed a $40 million lawsuit against JLo’s production company, Nuyorican Productions.
Samatha Barbash claims in her suit, producers approached her to get her consent for the movie and she turned a thumbs down on them. Despite the rejection, the flick was produced with J Lo playing a character obviously based on her. We broke a story back in Sept. that Barbash was pissed that she received a lowball offer from producers.
Take one look at Samantha and you’ll see that JLo’s portrayal of her was seriously lacking in what not even RuPaul would date to say: Carnal aplomb, Unadulterated glamour, Nascent star-power, and Titties. Jenny may be “from the block,” but I’m pretty sure Samantha runs that block now.
However, JLo’s characterization (or lack thereof) of her is not Samantha’s primary concern.
Barbash says the character in the movie is portrayed as “using and manufacturing illegal substances in her home where she lived with her child.” She says it’s untrue and offensive.
She’s suing for $40 million — $20 mil in compensatory damages and $20 mil in punitives. She also wants an order requiring producers to turn over all copies of the movie.
It’s a long shot, especially that last part. But even if she doesn’t win the suit, Samantha might still consider personally visiting each and every Academy Award voter who got a screener of Hustlers in the mail and torpedoing JLo’s Oscar campaign by showing them what they’re missing.