‘Hustlers’ producers beat libel lawsuit from Samantha Barbash

A federal judge has ruled in favor of Jennifer Lopez’s production company after Samantha Barbash — the former strip-club hostess who inspired J.Lo’s role in “Hustlers — sued producers for $20 million.

“The defendants’ May 29, 2020 motion to dismiss is granted; Judgement is entered for the Defendants and the case is closed,” the US District Court Southern District of New York ruled on Tuesday, according to court documents obtained by Page Six.

The court dismissed Barbash’s claim that the 2019 film was an invasion of privacy because the movie did not use her “name, portrait, picture, or voice” in its marketing.

As for her defamation argument, the court found that the movie did portray Barbash inaccurately when it came to her drug use.

“While Barbash pled guilty to participating in a conspiracy in which she and her confederates provided their victims with illegal drugs in order to gain control of and use their credit cards, Barbash alleges she didn’t as the movie suggests develop the recipe for the drugs, manufacture them, nor use them,” the court documents state.

However, movie producers argued that because she is a “limited-purpose public figure,” she had to plead actual malice and because she failed to do so, her defamation claim was dismissed.

Barbash, 47, argued that she is not a limited-purpose public figure because she was “dragged into the public arena” by the film, but the court found that because she gave at least two interviews and wrote a memoir about herself, she is, in fact, a public figure.

Therefore, unable to prove actual malice, the court ruled against Barbash and the case was closed.

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