The real-life inspiration behind Lopez's character Ramona, Samantha Barbash, is threatening to sue STX Productions for profiting from her likeness and telling her story without proper compensation.
The former stripper and ringleader of the scam said in a New York magazine feature that she didn't think the movie portrayed her accurately. But Variety reports that the production company claims it had artistic freedom to the historic and public record regarding Barbash's life story.
Samantha Barbash told TMZ that she was offered a part in the Hustlers movie, but that she wasn't going to be paid more than the cost of a designer bag.
Barbash, the inspiration for the movie, was disappointed with the film and was upset with the lack of compensation. Barbash claimed that Lopez did not reach out to her about the character before filming the movie.
"J.Lo doesn't work for free. Why would I?" she said in the interview. "Put it this way: I have Hermès bags that cost more than they wanted to give me."
In a Vanity Fair article, Barbash said she was impressed with Lopez's performance, but didn't think she got the character right. "I was impressed with Jennifer. She was incredible. Her body looked incredible. She had it down to a T, but it wasn’t factual," she said in the article.
The other real-life inspirations behind the story talked to ABC News in a 20/20 feature about the movie and what really happened.
In a three-part series, ABC News interviewed the real women the story was based on and one of their victims. The woman whom Constance Wu portrayed in the film, Roselyn Keo, dove deep into their story. With the newfound publicity, Barbash is planning a memoir that tells her side of the scam.