Sofía Vergara & Netflix Sued by Griselda Blanco’s Family — Here’s Why

Lead Photo: Griselda. Sofia Vergara as Griselda in episode 104 of Griselda. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023
Griselda. Sofia Vergara as Griselda in episode 104 of Griselda. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023
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Griselda, the mini-series starring Sofía Vergara, is set to be available on Netflix on January 25th. But with only a few days to go, a new lawsuit from Griselda Blanco’s family is looking to halt the show’s release, TMZ reported.

Both the actress and Netflix are named as defendants in the lawsuit. In it, Griselda Blanco’s adult kids – acting on behalf of her estate – claim the unauthorized use of the family’s image and likeness.

Griselda’s son Michael, in particular, claims he did a series of interviews about his mother, but he was told none of the details from those interviews would be used in the production. According to the lawsuit, however, the mini-series leans on a lot of the material provided by him – without Griselda’s estate being paid for the use.

The show is inspired by the life of Colombian Griselda Blanco, widely known as “The Godmother,” who created one of the most profitable cartels in history in 1970-1980’s Miami. Blanco is a public figure, which means she can be depicted without permission from the estate. However, the lawsuit doesn’t dispute this, instead, it leans on the claim that the mini-series plot is based on privileged information, which could have only been obtained from the family. 

Griselda is a limited drama from the creators and executive producers of Narcos and Narcos: Mexico. Vergara doesn’t just star in the limited series but is also an executive producer. Her role as executive producer is likely the reason why Vergara was named in the lawsuit. 

The six-episode mini-series Griselda is set to release on Netflix on January 25th. No word yet about whether a judge will agree to stop the show’s release.