O n June 11, , four women and one man were indicted for allegedly drugging men and charging thousands of dollars on their credit cards at New York City clubs. Keo, who was sentenced to five years probation in , was in Toronto to watch her own story play out onscreen in Hustlers , a new movie from writer-director Lorene Scafaria, which premiered at the festival on Sept. The women recounted a deep friendship which turned to sisterhood which then turned dark. This way, a character based on Pressler could serve as a stand-in for the viewer, allowing the audience to empathize with the characters.
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In response, STX said it would "defend our right to tell factually based stories based on the public record". 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 New York Magazine article about the gang , but Barbash has said she declined to sell her rights to the movie's producers, saying they offered her "peanuts". The actress has described her character as "unapologetically savage". According to the New York Post , the court papers said: "Anyone who views the film will believe Plaintiff to be an individual of little to no moral or ethical values, devoid of any loyalty to her colleagues, under the influence of hard drugs, and with misandrist tendencies.
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Roselyn Keo begins our chat by citing Oprah. Lo-led film, Hustlers , out today. In it, Constance Wu plays Destiny, a character inspired by Keo and her real story as a dancer turned Madam—one who swindled wealthy strip club clientele for more than just their sweaty wads of dollar bills. Lo as the character Ramona in the movie.