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Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman will sue Netflix, Univision for using name in series: Lawyer

June 20, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman will sue Netflix, Univision for using name in series: Lawyer

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Lawyers for imprisoned Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera better known as ‘El Chapo’ will file a lawsuit against Netflix and Univision, seeking compensation for producing the documentary series based on his life story, which aired in April.

News of the impending legal action was revealed during a recent radio interview with José Refugio Rodríguez, one of Guzman’s legal representatives in Mexico.

The Netflix series, which is co-produced by Netflix, Univision, and Story House Entertainment titled ‘El Chapo’ first aired back in April.

Netflix and Univision produced the series based on the life of the infamous drug lord

It is based on the life of ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, at one time the world’s most wanted kingpin who sat at the apex of the drug trafficking world as the leader of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel.

Rodríguez spoke to Infobae via phone and maintained that the series not only makes use of his client’s name without his authorization but further alleges the show has done irreparable damage to his client’s name with the inclusion of episodes depicting his alleged life of crime.

Guzman’s lawyers previously warned that the creators of the show would have to pay for the rights to use the name and moniker of his client following May’s announcement by the studio execs of their intention to produce a series portraying the life of “El Chapo”

The show premiered this weekend in Latin America.

“There was no contact for the issue of royalties, as a result, there is going to be legal action, I’m waiting for instructions from Joaquin to start something, but it’s going to be done,” Rodriguez said.

The Mexican-based attorney for El Chapo pictured after his arrest in January 2016,  said his client would take legal action against Univision and Netflix  for using his name for the series (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

“More the right to privacy than here in Mexico and there is greater protection for the private life of people, the use of Joaquin’s image and the affect to human dignity has consequences,” he added.

In the first season, the series exposes alleged humiliations and ill-treatment to which Guzmán Loera was subjected to during his first detention in June 1993 at the Altiplano Prison in Almoloya Juarez near Mexico City. Scenes even portray Guzman appearing in a straitjacket.

He was later transferred to a facility in Puente Grande, Jalisco, where he eventually pulled off his first prison escape in 2001.

Rodriguez also referenced another series, “El Chema,” which is a narco fiction produced by Telemundo, also based on the life of the Mexican drug lord.

However, the attorney said his client has no problems with Telemundo’s series because the show never used Guzman’s name or image.

Rodriguez, further stated that any civil action will be filed in a United States courtroom by Guzman’s attorneys based in the U.S.

‘EL Chapo’ remains in the custody of a New York City Federal lockup awaiting trial for a 17-count criminal indictment on charges including racketeering, murder, drug trafficking, arms offenses, and money laundering as the head of a transnational criminal enterprise.

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