The 75 year old was played as a ruthless record label boss by Paul Giamatti in the F. Gary Gray film, but Heller has taken issue with the picture and he is demanding at least $110 million (£68.8 million) in damages.

According to, he also claims he never gave the filmmakers and studio executives permission to use his likeness or elements from his book, Ruthless: A Memoir.

He's suing for $35 million (£21.9 million) in compensatory damages and at least $75 million (£46.9 million) in punitive damages and all profits from the film.

Heller, who also represented Elton John, Pink Floyd and Journey, also founded Ruthless Records with late N.w.a. star Eazy-E.