CORPUS CHRISTI – A legal setback for Chris Perez, the widower of slain Tejano star Selena.
A judge says a lawsuit against Perez can proceed as her father seeks to block a TV series about her.
Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla, opposes the show. It’s based on what he calls an unauthorized book, To Selena With Love, written by Perez.
Perez’s lawyers made their case before 148th district court Judge Guy Williams on Friday (Feb. 17), but after hearing testimony Judge Williams ruled that the lawsuit can move forward. Lawyers for Perez wanted the lawsuit dismissed based on free speech grounds. They had no immediate comment on Friday’s ruling.
Quintanilla is suing Perez and two companies planning to adapt the widower’s memoir into a series. The lawsuit says that after Selena’s 1995 slaying, Perez signed a deal that gave all rights to Selena’s likeness and name to her estate. The agreement between Perez and the Quintanilla family was made just two months after the death of Selena. It also gives Perez 25-percent of the net profits of everything that is Selena. Perez reportedly already received more than $3 million since her death.
Selena Quintanilla-Perez was shot by her fan club president, now serving life in prison.