An attorney representing Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s estate prevented a screening of the late rapper’s documentary from taking place. According to AllHipHop, members of the Wu Tang Clan and family members were present at the NuHo Film Festival for Dirty: Platinum Edition.
The estate, managed by widowed wife Icelene Jones, ordered a cease and desist letter, which was met with some criticism from the Clan’s RZA.
“You gotta protect yourself legally, but a film is something that can be portrayed in home, in public places like libraries and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAMS), where art is given to the people,” RZA said via Skype. “I can’t see how a lawyer can stop culture from being spread. This film is a documentary. That’s one of the biggest problems we have in this country – the problems of lawyers.”
He continued, “I don’t understand how ODB, who passed away nine years ago, who has children, who has family members who are sitting right there in that audience, he has fans who have supported his music, he’s a part of the Wu Tang Legacy…I can’t see how a lawyer, who never met him personally, can stop this film from being shown to the public.
Chris Kanik, NuHo’s owner and managing partner, corrected, “Its not a lawyer, its the estate…the widow.”
The ODB estate had also put a damper on the rapper’s holographic performance scheduled during the Wu’s set at Rock The Bells earlier this year.