Sofia Vergara sued by the estate of cocaine queen Griselda

Sofia Vergara sued by the estate of “cocaine queen” Griselda Blanco over the Netflix series “Griselda” – New York Post


Published January 19, 2024, 4:31 PM ET

It's nothing to smile about.

According to TMZ, Sofia Vergara and Netflix are being sued by the estate of late Colombian drug kingpin Griselda Blanco over Vergara's upcoming Netflix series Griselda.

Blanco's children, led by her son Michael, are trying to get a judge to issue a temporary restraining order preventing the release of the six-part series, which premieres Jan. 25 on the streaming platform.

The 51-year-old Colombian actress plays the lead role of Blanco in the series and is almost unrecognizable in the role, which forced her to hide her famous curvy figure. She is also an executive producer.

Blanco ran her drug business out of Miami from the 1970s to the early 2000s. She was nicknamed “The Cocaine Queen” and “The Godmother” and was feared for her business tactics.

Blanco was arrested in 1985 and charged with conspiracy to manufacture, import and distribute cocaine. She was released from prison in 2004 after serving 15 years.

Sofia Vergara is almost unrecognizable as drug kingpin Griselda Blanco in “Griselda,” premiering January 25 on Netflix. Netflix

She was murdered in 2012 at the age of 69 in a drive-by motorcycle shooting in Medellin, Colombia.

Blanco's son Michael claims he conducted a series of interviews with authors trying to put his and his mother's life story on paper to turn into a book or film that they would buy in Hollywood in 2016.

Michael claims that he conducted these interviews from 2009 to 2022 and that “Griselda” uses many of the anecdotes and materials he provided to the authors – and that he didn't pay a dime for the details.

Griselda Blanco was a pioneer in the cocaine trade in Miami in the 1970s and 1980s. Metro Dade Police Department

He and his siblings are suing Netflix, saying the company copied his family's story to incorporate it into the plot of “Griselda” – and that their images and likenesses were used in the series without their permission, a violation of their rights represent rights.

According to TMZ, the lawsuit does not allege that Netflix could not dramatize her mother, who was a public figure, but only that information provided by the family was used without financial compensation to her.

Vergara starred as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on Modern Family for all eleven seasons of the hit ABC series.

Vergara said she had to hide her famous curves when she played Griselda Blanco in “Griselda.” Elizabeth Morris/Netflix Vergara attends the premiere of “Griselda” at Callao Cinema on January 9 in Madrid, Spain. Getty Images

She is currently a judge on NBC's “America's Got Talent” after joining the show in 2020.

Vergara recently opened up about her divorce from actor Joe Manganiello to “CBS Sunday Morning,” Page Six reported. “You can’t hide these things,” she said. “I moved on.” You're out there [in the public eye] And people know that's part of being a celebrity.

“I knew it would happen.”

Netflix had no comment when contacted by The Post and also reached out to Vergara's representatives.

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