The family of Griselda Blanco, the Colombian drug kingpin depicted by Sofia Vergara in an upcoming Netflix series, is suing both Vergara and the streaming platform. Michael Corleone Blanco, Blanco’s son, is among the plaintiffs who filed the lawsuit in a Miami-Dade County Court last week.
Per legal records obtained by Entertainment Tonight, the family claims they did not give consent for their images to be used and are seeking to prevent the series from being broadcasted.
“I have been conducting interviews with individuals interested in creating projects about my mother’s life since 2009,” states Blanco, also known as Michael Sepulvedablanco in the legal case. Known as the “Cocaine Godmother,” Blanco was a prominent figure in the Miami drug trade until her death in Colombia in 2012.
Vergara shared her fascination with Blanco, wondering how she was able to surpass even the most ruthless and terrifying men.
Blanco initially entered the illegal drug market out of desperation to provide for her children. During her reign as a drug kingpin, she is accused of ordering the deaths of numerous individuals.
Vergara, similar to Blanco, was raised in Colombia. Her brother was one of the many victims of the drug war that lasted for decades in the country. She stated, “My brother was involved in that industry. I am aware of the harm it can cause to a family, an individual, and a country.”