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Ol' Dirty Bastard's widow hits back at screening cancellation

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Nov 21, 2013 | 11:47am EST

Ol' Dirty Bastard's widow has hit back at allegations she is to blame for the last-minute cancellation of a New York documentary screening about the late rapper, insisting organisers had known about her objections well in advance. Friends and fans of the tragic star, real name Russell Jones, had gathered at the Brooklyn Historic Academy of Music last week (15Nov13) to view Dirty: Platinum Edition, which was shot by the star's cousin, Stephon Turner, but the screening was halted moments before it was due to be unveiled after organiser Chris Kanik was served with a cease and desist order from estate lawyers, preventing him from airing the film. However, Icelene Jones, who controls the Wu-Tang Clan star's estate, claims the event could have been axed at least two weeks earlier - as she had already made her feelings about the documentary known. She tells XXL magazine, "It (the ban) wasn't a last minute thing. The communication has been very clear. The letter (cease and desist) didn't go out the day of; this is something that's been going back and forth for a while. And that's what they tried to make it seem like - like Icelene Jones messed up everybody's good time and stopped everybody from seeing the film." Jones' manager, Melissa Jacobs, reveals estate officials had asked for money "up front" for permission to use ODB's likeness in the film, but Kanik refused, insisting they were motivated by "greed". Jacobs adds, "We are the estate of Russell Jones, we have been appointed by the courts. You're using his birthday, you're using his picture, you're promoting this event... Then when we ask for compensation he's trying to make it sound like we're asking for something we're not entitled to have." Ol' Dirty Bastard passed away in 2004 from a drug overdose.

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