At a hearing on Monday, U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald nearly ran a lawsuit brought by former N.W.A manager Jerry Heller straight outta his courtroom.

Heller is suing almost everyone involved in Straight Outta Compton — the biopic of the rap act consisting of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy E and others — thanks to Paul Giamatti’s unflattering portrayal of him. The plaintiff contends that he was defamed in the film for doing things like withholding a $75,000 check from Ice Cube and enjoying lobster brunches while contracts were being finalized.

Heller also says he was not compensated for the use of his likeness and claims that the defendants stole his work and breached an agreement that settled an old dispute with the Eazy E estate.

NBCUniversal seeks to have the lawsuit dismissed as an impingement of free speech and argues that Heller has no hopes of prevailing since the film touched upon controversial historical events subject to various interpretations — and that Heller himself has injected himself into the controversy by authoring his own book recounting his version of these events.