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[Movies] Out of the Furnace Producers Sued By Native American Tribe
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.28.2013

CNN reports that seventeen members of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation have sued the producer of Out of the Furnace for how the film portrays their Native American people, which they claim caused their tribe humiliation.

The lawsuit was filed on Monday in New Jersey District Court. It is asking for " compensatory and punitive damages" of over $150,000, as well as the cost of the suit.

The film stars Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson. It's set in the Ramapo Mountains by the New York-New Jersey, 25 miles west of New York City. Bale's character is searching for his missing brother, who was killed by Harrelson's character named Harlan DeGroat.

The lawsuit claims that characters in the film have last names common among their tribe and that it reinforces negative and unfounded stereotypes. Eight of the people suing have the last name DeGroat, and one has the last name of Van Dunk, another character in the film.

Relativity Media has not responded for comment. The writers and producers were also named in the suit. The gang in the movie is called the Jackson Whites, which is claimed to be a "well-known derogatory term in the area." The Ramapough are a Native American group recognized as a tribe by New Jersey and New York.

The suit claims: "Any reasonable person would be offended by the false light in which the movie placed the people who have the family name of DeGroat and Van Dunk and who are known to live in the Ramapo Mountains and/or be part of the group now or formerly known as Jackson Whites."


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