Dutch gangster loses bid to block Heineken film

October 23, 2011 - 5:01 PM

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A court has rejected a suit brought by one of the Netherlands' best-known gangsters seeking to block the release of a film about the 1983 kidnapping of beer tycoon Freddy Heineken.

Willem Holleeder was sentenced to 11 years for his role in kidnapping Heineken and holding him for three weeks until his family paid a $36 million ransom.

Holleeder claimed the movie, "The Heineken Kidnapping," starring Rutger Hauer as the victim, would damage his image by making him appear more sadistic than he really is.

Judge Wil Tonkens rejected his suit Friday and will publish her reasoning Oct. 28.

Lawyers for producers IDTV film had argued the movie is a fictionalized version of events, and Holleeder has little reputation left to lose.