On Friday (Dec. 3), the late singer’s father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr., filed a lawsuit in a Texas court against Perez and Endemol to stop the production of the TV series based on their relationship, which they announced just two weeks ago.
In the lawsuit, Abraham Quintanilla Jr. reportedly claims that Perez, his daughter’s former husband, and the Endemol Latino media company are unauthorized to produce the series because they don’t legally own the rights to her name, voice or likeness.
Quintanilla alleges that Perez signed an agreement two months after Selena’s death in 1995 specifying that the singer’s estate was the only one with the rights to develop and “commercially exploit a book, play, video, film, TV movie” about her, according to Forbes.
“The petition states Mr. Perez violated the Entertainment Properties agreement. He doesn’t have the rights to publish a book or produce a television series based in any part on Selena,” says Quintanilla estate attorney Simran A. Singh to Forbes.
“Among other things, we are seeking a judicial declaration that the defendants have no right to exploit the series and stop production.”
In 2012, Perez published “To Selena, With Love” a book where he opened up about their friendship, once-forbidden relationship and a look into their marriage. Perez married the star in 1992.
Selena was regarded as the Queen of Tejano music thanks to her immense influence in propelling the poppy Latin genre into the mainstream.
She was shot and killed by the president of her fan club in 1995 when she was only 23, but she remains one of the most impactful musicians of her generation.
Shakira, Demi Lovato and Lady Gaga are among the many artists who have called Selena an inspiration.