November 24, 2014
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Members of the Ramapough (RAM'-uh-poh) Native American tribe have filed a $50 million lawsuit against the makers of a recent movie they say depicts their people in a negative light.
The federal suit was filed Monday in New Jersey against the writers and producers of "Out of the Furnace."
The suit says the film makes false representations about the people who live in the Ramapo Mountains along the New York-New Jersey border.
It claims that unsavory characters in the film have last names that are common among the Ramapough and that it perpetuates negative and unfounded stereotypes.
The plaintiffs are from New Jersey, New York and Tennessee. They say the film has caused them humiliation.
Relativity Media, which released the film earlier this month, did not immediately comment.
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