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Posted: Thursday, 26 December 2013 8:19AM

"Out of the Furnace" Producers Sued by Native American Tribe



Relativity(LOS ANGELES) -- The producers of Out of the Furnace have been sued by a Native American tribe that claims the recently-released drama portrays it in a negative light.

Seventeen members of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation filed the lawsuit Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In Out of the Furnace, Christian Bale plays a man who's released from jail and sets out to save his brother, Casey Affleck's character, from a crime ring.  The ring is led by a villainous character named Harlan DeGroat, played by Woody Harrelson.

The DeGroat surname is common in the Ramapough tribe, which is located in New Jersey and New York.  Eight of the plaintiffs share that surname.

The lawsuit objects to how Harrelson's character is portrayed. The complaint describes him as a leader of a ring comprised of "inbreds."

Furthermore, the lawsuit states that the film uses the term "Jackson Whites," a derogatory term to the Ramapough tribe.

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