Exclusive: 'American Gangster' Slapped by Feds' Lawsuit

"After risking life and limb for two and a half years in this investigation, we are portrayed as a gang of corrupt hoodlums," Korniloff told ABC News in December. "Just on the faces of it, there were about 300 agents in New York at the time," Korniloff says. "Leaving the theater you get the impression that the movie audience comes to believe we are corrupt."

"Universal Pictures denies the allegations in the class-action lawsuit filed today on behalf of former federal narcotics agents. American Gangster does not defame these or any federal agents. The law enforcement officers portrayed in the film are identified as members of the New York City Police Department. The end legend specifically refers to members of "New York City's Drug Enforcement Agency" -- not the federal Drug Enforcement Administration where the plaintiffs formerly worked. We believe the lawsuit is entirely without merit," Universal said in a written statement.

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