Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar’s brother, Roberto Escobar is suing video streaming site, Netflix for $1 Billion with a copyright claim against the popular show, Narcos. He has also advised the production company to hire hitmen while working in dangerous locations, adding that they shouldn’t film in Colombia without the permission of Escobar Inc. Roberto’s message comes days after a ‘Narcos‘ location scout was found dead with his body riddled with bullets. Carlos Muñoz Portal was shot when he was scouting locations for the fourth season of Narcos in the Hidalgo state of Mexico.
Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, 71, founded the Escobar Inc. in 2014, and two years later, sued Netflix for unauthorised use of the Medellí cartel founder's name, as well as the story. Formerly known as the ‘Chief of Hitmen’, Roberto, in an interview to the Hollywood Reporter, said that Netflix had sent him a ‘long letter to threaten us’.
On his advice to Netflix to change their security protocol, he said, “If you have the intellect, you don't need to use weapons. If not, you have to. In this case, Netflix should provide hitmen to their people as security.” When asked whether it is safe for Hollywood to use Mexico and Colombia as a shooting location, he replied, “I don't want Netflix or any other film production company to film any movies in Medellin or Colombia that relates to me or my brother Pablo without authorization from Escobar Inc. It is very dangerous. Especially without our blessing. This is my country.”
Details of Portal’s death are still unknown. Roberto, in no uncertain terms, warned Netflix of the consequences, in case they fail to cough-up the $1 billion. “If we don't receive it, we will close their little show,” he said.Read More