Second Ramapough Suit Filed Against 'Out of the Furnace,' Producer Leo DiCaprio

Eight Ramapoughs claim the movie presents them in a false light, report says.

Credit: Relativity Media.
Credit: Relativity Media.

A second group of Ramapough Indians has filed a lawsuit against creators of the film Out of the Furnace, NorthJersey.com reported Wednesday.

According to the report, a group of eight Ramapough people, one of which lives in Bergen County, filed a lawsuit against the film’s director Scott Cooper, writer Brad Inglesby, and six producers, including Leonardo DiCaprio. The suit alleges defamation, says that the film inflicts emotional distress, and that it portrays the Ramapough people in a “false light,” the report said.

The suit also names the New York Post as a defendant, taking issue with wording used in the paper’s December movie review, the report said.

This suit marks the second filed against the film. In December, 17 Ramapough plaintiffs sued the film for $50 million.

Other members of the tribe previously held press conferences denouncing the film. The film’s distributor, Relativity, has previously said the movie is not based on anyone in particular. 

Sayshi March 06, 2014 at 09:57 AM
It is a valid lawsuit. I read a review by a Los Angeles attorney who works in the film industry who stated that is is practice to change the names, identities, and traits so that character scripts become unidentifiable. This was not done in this case, and that will be a problem for the movie producers. But, then why am I typing to paid bashers by the film company. Figure it.
Robert Zisgen March 06, 2014 at 12:42 PM
I hope these plaintiffs and the others who brought the earlier suit have not paid any monies be it for expenses or legal fees as I doubt they will see any award unless the defendants decide to just throw them a few bucks in nuisance money to resolve the case. Bob Z.
Gottardo DiGiacopo March 08, 2014 at 06:43 AM
i think the penalty amounts will be adjusted but otherwise the Ramapoughs have an open and shut case.
Nancy Danahy March 09, 2014 at 08:01 AM
How does the tribe feel about "The Red Road" series on the Sundance channel?
Ramapough Indian Concerned April 03, 2014 at 02:58 PM
The "RED ROAD" depicts Ramapoughs in a negative light. I do not see much difference in the Movie "Out of the Furnace " portraying Ramapoughs Negatively. It does appear that the current Chief and Council don't not give a Sh...T! There has been zero comments made by Chief Perry or his council about the Red Roads depiction and portrayal of Ramapough Indians. I still ask Why?


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