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Lawsuit Between Selena’s Father And Chris Perez Puts Miniseries On Hold


Last month, mitú reported that “To Selena, With Love,” Chris Perez’s 2012 memoir about his relationship with Selena, had been optioned for an upcoming television miniseries by the production company Endemol Shine North America. However, thanks to a lawsuit brought on by Abraham Quintanilla Sr., Selena’s father, the miniseries is facing cancellation.

The lawsuit stems from an old agreement between Perez and the Quintanilla family.


In May of 1995, according to the Quintanilla estate lawsuit, Chris Perez signed an agreement that he would not profit from Selena’s name “by way of a book, television series, movie, or any other motion picture medium.” In exchange, Perez was given 25 percent of the “net profits derived” from Selena’s estate, and the Quintanilla family would retain “all proprietary rights in the name, voice, signature, photograph, and likeness of Selena…”

According to the contract, Perez had no legal authority to sell his book, let alone option it to television.

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The book, which currently holds a 5-star rating on Amazon, is adored by fans.

Fans have taken to social media to express their anger over the lawsuit.

It’s not fair to have to pick sides…

…but most people seem to be on Chris’ side.

Hopefully the two parties can work this out for the sake of Selena and the fans who don’t want to see her name in court like this.

Read: Chris Perez’s Memoir About Selena Will Be Turned Into A Television Series

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People Who Used To Live At Oakland's Ghost Ship Are Not Surprised By The Fire

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People Who Used To Live At Oakland’s Ghost Ship Are Not Surprised By The Fire

The latest news from the Oakland Ghost Ship fires has the death toll at 36.

A dance party on Dec. 2 turned tragic when a fire broke out in the Ghost Ship Artist Collective warehouse in Oakland, Calif. So far, authorities have not released a cause for the fire as they continue to search for more victims. Here’s what we know so far.

The Ghost Ship was hosting an EDM dance party.

The warehouse was a regular place for DJs and electronic dance music lovers to gather and dance, according to The Ghost Ship’s website.

The death toll is up to 36 people with 70 percent of the building searched.

As of Dec. 5, authorities have confirmed that 36 bodies have been removed from the warehouse with 11 being positively identified. So far, only seven names have been released.

Eleven victims have been positively identified but authorities have only released 7 names.

Authorities are still working to identify the rest of the victims and are withholding the new names in respect of the victims’ families. One name of the original 8 identified was not released because the victim was a minor.

There still isn’t an official cause for the fire, according to authorities.

There has been an investigation opened into determining the cause of the fire.

The founder of the warehouse collective, Derick Ion, was illegally renting the space to artists and throwing parties.

According to USA Today, Ion never bothered to secure the permits necessary to use the warehouse for housing and parties. “Those permits had not been taken out,” Darin Ranelletti, the director of Planning and Building at the city of Oakland, told the press during a news conference, according to USA Today.

Ion has pissed people off with his insensitive Facebook post about the fire.

In a post in his now deleted Facebook page, Ion mourns the loss of, “Everything I worked so hard for.” People were quick to point out that he ignored the people who died in the fire.

There have been several complaints made about the safety and maintenance of the warehouse.

“I was not shocked that [the fire] happened. I was saddened that so many people had to die for the truth to come out,” Shelley Mack, who used to live at Ghost Ship, said during a press conference, according to KRON. Mack added that there were “all kinds of electrical cords running through there illegally. Massive extension cords. Heavy musical equipment. That place was just a death trap. I didn’t think it was going to last this long before it went up or somebody shut it down.”

This story is still developing and we will bring you updates as they become available.

READ: Remembering The Victims Of The Orlando Shooting, Many Of Whom Were Latino

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