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Pablo Escobar’s Brother To Netflix: You Owe Me Money

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JP Carroll National Security & Foreign Affairs Reporter
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Pablo Escobar’s brother is looking to make some quick cash off his brother’s cartel crimes by offering Netflix his services on ensuring that their show Narcos is as historically accurate as possible according to TMZ.

Roberto Escobar, the former Medellin Cartel accountant, sent a letter to Netflix dated July 1 claiming that he has the rights to his brother’s name and life story within the state of California. In his letter, Escobar requests that Netflix, “Not release any ‘Narcos’ television show or any other show or shows depicting me, my family or my brother Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria, unless I am given the rightful opportunity to review this material.”

Aside from claiming that he ought to have the chance to go over the hit show’s contents, Escobar requests that he get a cut of any money Netflix makes off of Narcos merchandise. The former cartel accountant writes to the media giant, “I must advise you to not release any merchandise as we control all such rights in accordance with California Civil Code 3344.1.

Escobar goes on to predict in his letter, the opinions his dead brother would have about the Netflix show, writing, “My brother would not have liked Season 1, maybe he will enjoy Season 2 if you respond me and we solve this issues.”

While insinuating a potential threat of legal action particularly when it comes to emphasizing his rights to his brother’s life story, Escobar tells Netflix that, “This is a friendly request for co-operation.”

Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel handled 80 percent of the world’s cocaine market in the 1980s. The Colombian kingpin had a net worth which according to some calculations was $30 billion. Escobar was killed in a rooftop shootout in Colombia in December 1993 while fleeing from Colombian military, police, and the DEA.

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