The woman who inspired Jennifer Lopez's character in the movie Hustlers is suing the film's makers for US$40 million
In the lawsuit, Samantha Barbash accuses film companies including STX Films of using her likeness and defaming her.
In response, STX said it would defend its right to tell stories based on public records.
Hustlers is the fictionalised story of Barbash and other women who drugged and swindled rich men at strip clubs.
Barbash was the alleged mastermind of the ring and was sentenced to five years' probation for conspiracy, assault and grand larceny after it came to light.
The movie was based on a 2015 New York Magazine article about the gang.
Lopez was nominated for a Golden Globe for playing the role of Ramona in Hustlers.