Members of Ramapough Tribe Sue 'Out of the Furnace' Producers for $50 Million

Seventeen plaintiffs say the movie presents them in a false light.

Credit: Relativity Media.
Credit: Relativity Media.

Seventeen members of the Ramapough Lenape Indian tribe have sued the creators of the film, Out of the Furnace, for $50 million, their lawyer, Lydia Cotz, told Patch Monday afternoon. In the complaint, which Cotz said was filed in federal court in Newark Monday morning, the members say that the film misrepresents them and presents members of the tribe in a false light.

“The movie Out of the Furnace directed by Scott Cooper constitutes major misrepresentations of the plaintiffs’ character, history, and beliefs,” Cotz said in a statement.

“After the movie was released they were exposed to ridicule, hatred, and shame, and as a result, suffer emotionally. The movie has no true artistic value and offends the sensibilities of any reasonable person.”

Six of the 17 plaintiffs are listed as living in Mahwah, and many have the last names DeGroat and VanDunk, last names of characters that appear in the film.

Neither Ramapough Chief Dwaine Perry nor any of the tribe’s sub-chiefs are part of the suit, Cotz said. The tribal members are suing Cooper, the film’s production company, Relativity Media, and other creators.

A representative from Relativity Media declined to comment, noting that the company had not yet seen the complaint. 

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

Ramapough Indian Concerned January 07, 2014 at 04:21 PM
Reading the above Comments, one starts to wonder who the Real Bully is! 1) I have not committed any Crime against the Tribe. 2) I have never been charged with any Crime by the Past or current Tribal Council or Chief(s). 3) I'm not part of the Relativity Media Lawsuit. 4) I am a Ramapough! I'm a proud Ramapough Indian, my Tribal is #1104. I have been Elected to the Tribal Council , I have Served as Wolf Clan Chief, Ive been involved in Tribal Politics since 2003, I worked as the Current Chief's Assistant from 2009-2011 I'm the Founder of the Ramapough Family Genealogical and Historical Society (2003) I find the Comments By Carol Degroat The Tribes Secretary and Genealogist disgraceful! Carol is part of the current Ramapough Administration her comments are Slanderous , Libelous and False!
Ramapough Indian Concerned January 13, 2014 at 07:33 AM
transylvania57 February 09, 2014 at 04:45 PM
The Record has a front-page article on The Red Road. http://www.northjersey.com/arts_entertainment/ramapough_out_of_the_furnance_the_red_road_sundance.html


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