Famous actress Sofia Vergara and Netflix are facing a lawsuit brought by the family of late Colombian drug queen pin Griselda Blanco over Vergara’s upcoming Netflix miniseries, “Griselda,” where she played the lead role.
Sofia Vergara is being taken to court by the family of infamous Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco over her upcoming miniseries, 'Griselda.'https://t.co/8u2KGJ2l9d
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Michael Sepulveda Blanco, the son of Griselda, alleges in a paperwork filed on Friday that Netflix, Vergara, and other producers behind the show stole his private artistic literary work. Michael also alleged that it would damage his reputation in the entertainment community if he’s not given proper credit.
Michael and their siblings claim the show used their images and likenesses without authorization. The family argued that the show violated their rights by not getting their approval.
According to the New York Post, Michael claims he did many interviews with writers trying to get his and his mother’s life story to develop into a book or movie, which they would showcase around Hollywood in 2016.
TMZ reports that Michael wrote in court documents that his idea was pitched to a producer ahead of a meeting with Netflix. The movie-hosting platform then told him it was interested in moving forward with his idea. However, he was later informed Netflix didn’t want to use any of the original content he provided.
Michale now claims the upcoming show reflects the unauthorized use of the content he supplied and claims he hasn’t received any compensation.
The family’s lawsuit does not claim that Netflix has no right to produce a show about their mother. Their main concern is that the show used many of the details they provided without compensating them.
The upcoming miniseries, inspired by the infamous Colombian drug queen pin, follows the story of a doting mother who created one of the most profitable cartels in history. The series also shows how she committed drug trafficking, murder, and other criminal activities in Miami in the ’70s and ’80s.
The series, scheduled to be released on Netflix by Jan. 25, will feature six hour-long episodes. However, Netflix has not released information on whether the show will premiere as planned.